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Greenbrier obtains intermodal platform order, makes management changes


Although freight-car demand has been decreasing of late, The Greenbrier Cos. isn’t noticing a drop in intermodal car orders. The rail-car builder recently obtained an order for 1,700 double-stack intermodal platforms.

To be built at Greenbrier’s Gunderson facility in Portland, Ore., the platforms will be delivered in the second half. The company plans to increase production rates of double-stack platforms at Gunderson and hire 50 additional workers, primarily welders, to keep up with intermodal car and marine barge demand.

But production modifications aren’t the only recent changes at Greenbrier. The company’s executive roster has a new makeup.

Greenbrier promoted Alejandro Centurion from senior vice president of North American manufacturing operations to president of North American manufacturing operations to succeed L. Clark Wood, who retired. Centurion will be responsible for all rail car and marine operations, including Gunderson-Concarril and Gunderson-GIMSA in Mexico, and Gunderson L.L.C .in Portland.

The company also promoted Bob Hickey from VP and general manager of TrentonWorks to the newly created position of SVP of North American manufacturing-staff and operations. He will be responsible for productivity, product expansion, cost control, safety, production planning, information technology, budgeting and forecasting.

In addition, Greenbrier named:
• Fernando Estrada — most recently director of operations for Riechhold Chemical — GM of Gunderson-GIMSA in Mexico;
• Gustavo Cortes — most recently controller of Delphi Diesel Systems — controller of Gunderson-GIMSA;
• William Glenn, managing director of Greenbrier Europe’s supervisory board; and
• Bogdan Lesnianski — currently chief financial officer of WagonySwidnica and Greenbrier Europe — acting managing director of WagonySwidnica’s management board.

Greenbrier also announced that Greenbrier Europe President John Nussrallah resigned to attend to family medical issues. He will continue to provide the company senior advisory services.

Greenbrier builds freight cars in the United States, Canada and Mexico; repairs and refurbishes cars, and supplies wheels and rail-car parts in North America; builds and refurbishes freight cars in Europe; and owns 10,000 cars and manages 135,000 cars.

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