Vertex adds Morelos for QA; offers tank car upgrade program

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
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Israel Morelos has joined Vertex Railcar Corp. as Director of Quality Assuranceannounced in the carbuilder’s Wilmington , N.C., office .

Morelos previously worked in international manufacturing, including the railcar and oil industries, with the Greenbrier Cos. and Valeo.

Vertex also announced a Tank Car Upgrade program, TU1.

By 2023, all traditional DOT 111 and CPC 1232 tank cars will need to be retrofitted or replaced. In North America, that covers approximately 120,000 cars.

As part of the program, car owners and operators can trade in their existing DOT 111 tank car and have it replaced, at additional cost, with a new DOT 117 car. Vertex will scrap the old tank body, salvage the original parts and components, make sure all conform to AAR Rule 88, store the parts, then utilize them in construction of a new car.

Vertex manufactures a variety of cars including tanks, hoppers, gondolas, and flat cars.

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