FreightCar America

FreightCar America raised its 2022 delivery outlook from between 2,350 and 2,650 railcars to between 2,600 and 2,900 railcars, vs. 1,731 deliveries in fiscal year 2021.

For FCA, ‘Positive’ Gross Margin for 4Q21, Delivery Outlook Up for ’22

For FreightCar America (FCA), the benefits of transitioning its manufacturing to Castaños, Mexico were evident in 2021 with “positive gross margin for the fifth consecutive quarter and manufacturing operating income for the third consecutive quarter, despite persistent supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures,” President and CEO Jim Meyer said during a fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 earnings announcement on March 22.

FreightCar America’s Castaños, Mexico manufacturing facility.

FreightCar America ‘Poised for Growth’

With restructuring complete and railcar manufacturing operations transitioned from Cherokee, Ala., to Castaños, Mexico, FreightCar America is “poised for growth and a strong future,” President and CEO Jim Meyer reported on Feb. 9.

“While industry demand fundamentals remain strong, the pace of recovery is being gated by certain external factors starting with raw material cost inflation,” FreightCar America President and CEO Jim Meyer said during a third-quarter 2021 earnings announcement. He noted that sales inquiries, however, “continue to be very healthy.”

For FreightCar America, ‘Continuing Momentum’ in 3Q21

For third-quarter 2021, FreightCar America, Inc., reported achieving its fourth consecutive quarter of positive gross margin and second consecutive quarter of positive manufacturing operating income—despite a “difficult” railcar model launch—and reiterated its 2021 delivery outlook.

At the end of March 2021, FreightCar America had a total backlog of 1,380 railcars, with an aggregate value of about $137 million.

For FCA, ‘Encouraging Signs’ Ahead

“We are already seeing the early benefits of moving our manufacturing footprint” to Mexico, FreightCar America, Inc. (FCA) President and CEO Jim Meyer said during the company’s first-quarter earnings report, noting “the leverage from our new operations and cost structure will serve us well in the improving market.”

“By moving all production to Mexico by early 2021, we have reset our cost-base and are multiple steps closer to reaching our goal to become the highest quality and lowest cost producer in the industry,” FreightCar America President and CEO Jim Meyer said.

FCA 3Q20: Revenues Down, Business Repositioning Continues

FreightCar America (FCA) has reported its third-quarter 2020 results, including consolidated revenues of $25.2 million on deliveries of 163 railcars—a 38% drop from the year-earlier period’s $40.7 million on deliveries of 467 railcars—as the industry “remains in a cyclical downturn, which was intensified by the pandemic.” The company continues to move all railcar production to its new Mexico facility by early 2021.

“We now enter a new chapter, where our business will be supported by a single new production facility designed specific to our needs, a highly experienced and cost competitive workforce, and a significantly enhanced competitive profile," President and CEO Jim Meyer said.

FreightCar America Acquires Final Stake in Castaños Operation

FreightCar America now owns 100% of Castaños Mexico, where all of its future railcar manufacturing is expected to be based by February 2021. It has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% of its joint-venture partnership with Fasemex (Fabricaciones y Servicios de México).