AITX Expands U.S. Reach

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

American Industrial Transport, Inc. (AITX) has expanded its repair and maintenance network across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest with facilities in Milton, Pa. and Clinton, Ind. Both facilities are currently open and actively servicing repair customers.

AITX Milton is in Central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley outside of Harrisburg and located on Norfolk Southern. “AITX has a long heritage in this region, and the Milton shop will serve as its flagship Northeast facility,” the company said. “AITX Milton is currently a hybrid, performing light and medium repairs on freight cars with mobile capabilities across Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast region. The plan is to become a certified full-service shop offering coating, cleaning and program work on a range of car types, from boxcars, centerbeams, covered hoppers, flat cars, gondolas, PD hoppers and tub cars.”

Charles Crow, a 28-year veteran plant manager, runs AITX Milton. The location “will be hiring aggressively to support the expansion efforts.” Shawn Ritter, who joins AITX from High Steel Structures, is operations supervisor.

AITX Clinton, in Vermillion County in Western Indiana on the Wabash River and located on CSX, “is a strong addition to AITX’s presence in the Midwest servicing the agriculture industry,” AITX noted. AITX Clinton specializes in freight and covered hopper repairs with light tank car repairs under support and oversight of the AITX AAR tank certified shop at nearby Mounds, Ill., and “adds storage opportunities as a new resource option for customers.” Matt Ward, who has worked in the tank car repair service industry for 15 years and has been promoted to Senior Vice President Repair Services, manages AITX Clinton.

“AITX’s growth investment represents a company-wide commitment to scale its repair business,” said AITX President Kurt Higginbotham. “These openings at Milton and Clinton are part of the leadership effort of John Ward and our new addition, Vice President Repair Services Greg Gibson. Both are supervising AITX’s Brookhaven, Miss. Expansion, which will strengthen our tank car capabilities on CN into the Gulf. Whether it is our leasing or repair businesses, AITX is all about anticipating customers’ needs and having the right options for wherever their businesses move. Expanding into Central Pennsylvania and Western Indiana gives AITX customers a wider geographical footprint, enhanced repair services, new storage capacity and more great people to add to the best team in rail.” 

AITX describes itself as “a leading railcar service provider with solutions across leasing, repair and railcar data. AITX’s broad and diverse railcar leasing fleet offers customers shipping flexibility and a portfolio of financing options. Our best-in-class railcar repair network spans across North America with capabilities across full-service repair, mobile operations, onsite partnerships and railcar storage.”

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