Rescar names Schaffer to senior management

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Andy Schaffer (inset).

Rescar Companies (Rescar) has appointed railcar repair industry veteran J. Andrew (Andy) Schaffer as President-Plant Division. Schaffer will oversee operations for Rescar’s six full-service plants at Channelview, Longview and Orange, Tex.; Savanna, Ill.; Dubois, Pa.; and Gordon, Ga.

During Schaffer’s 40-year career in the railcar repair industry, which started at Rescar, “he has demonstrated leadership in all facets of plant design, operations, technical and regulatory consulting, and customer service management in the railcar repair industry,” The company said.

Schaffer started with Rescar as a laborer, and over the next 32 years, rose to Vice President of Operations. He then joined Watco Mechanical Services as Senior Vice President/COO in October 2010, where he served in that capacity until July 2014, when Watco and Greenbrier entered into a joint venture to form GBW Railcar Services. He was then advanced to Senior Vice President/COO of GBW. In January 2016, Schaffer returned to the Rescar family when he joined AllTranstek, LLC as Senior Vice President/COO.

“Andy’s exceptional technical knowledge and his strong management background make him uniquely qualified for his new role,” said Rescar President Joseph F. Schieszler, Jr. “I am looking forward to working with him again.”

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