Cando Rail Services Ltd. is changing its corporate name; Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) has a new technology division; and Whitmore and Shell Lubricants have finalized a joint venture.
Cando Rail Services Ltd. will now be known as Cando Rail & Terminals Ltd., reflecting its “ownership of a Canada-wide Terminal Network and a commitment to rail infrastructure development.” The company has eight terminals in Canada and provides integrated rail services at more than 45 locations across North America.
“The name allows us to emphasize that we provide rail-based services, but we also own rail-based assets and terminals,” Cando Rail & Terminals President and CEO Brian Cornick said. “Our message now is the same as it was 40 years ago: We’re here to solve our customers’ rail needs.”
The technology arm of U.S. chassis pool manager CCM will become a new division called Consolidated Intermodal Technologies (CIT), bringing “to a broader market the proprietary state-of-the-art technology that has been optimizing CCM’s chassis pool operations through tens of millions of transactions,” the company reported. Tom Martucci will lead the new division as Chief Technology Officer (CTO); he will continue to serve as Vice President and CTO of CCM.
CIT’s platform “streamlines workflows and upgrades administrative systems,” according to the company. It powers the Asset Management, Maintenance & Repair (MandR), and Billing Management products, which can be used for fleet managers of any size, including railroad operators, equipment providers, motor carriers, IMC’s and terminal operators, CCM said.
Shell & Whitmore Reliability Solutions, LLC, has been formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Whitmore Manufacturing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI), and Shell (Pennzoil-Quaker State Company doing business as SOPUS Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Oil Company that comprises Shell’s U.S. lubricants business). The joint venture now markets, distributes and sells lubricants, greases, coolants, reliability products and related industrial services to the North American Class I, II and III rail sectors and the U.S. mining (excluding quarries) sector.
Shell & Whitmore Reliability Solutions is based in Rockwall, Tex., and its production assets are co-located at Whitmore’s Rockwall facility. It is staffed by Whitmore and Shell sales and technical employees, and Heather Rogers, a 20-year industry veteran and Shell employee, is General Manager.
As part of the joint venture, Whitmore’s Rockwall production facility will also make Shell greases sold to non-joint venture sectors in North America, according to the companies. Additionally, Whitmore’s products will be distributed through Shell in the Americas.
“This joint venture offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions that incorporates the best technologies from Whitmore and Shell,” CSWI Chairman, CEO and President Joseph B. Armes said. “Both our highly experienced team and advanced manufacturing facility are prepared to take on this new venture as we look forward to successful expansion and growth.”
“Through Shell & Whitmore Reliability Solutions, rail and mining customers will have the unique opportunity to leverage our combined sector expertise to help lower their total cost of ownership and improve the efficiency of their operations,” Shell Lubricants Americas President Machteld de Haan said.