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Greenbrier places operating units under one corporate umbrella


Today, The Greenbrier Cos. announced organizational changes designed to integrate and streamline its operating units.

Various North American manufacturing units — which previously operated as separate subsidiaries — now are reorganized under a single corporate entity. All manufacturing units will continue to report to President of Manufacturing Operations L. Clark Wood. Greenbrier also will convert its U.S. subsidiaries into limited liability companies to help centralize reporting and governance, and reduce overhead costs.

In addition, the freight-car builder promoted Alejandro Centurion to senior vice president of manufacturing operations. Reporting to Wood, Centurion will be responsible for all North American rail-car operations. He previously served as managing director of Gunderson-Concarril and chief country representative in Mexico.

Greenbrier also named:
• Agustin Palestino, general manager of Gunderson-Concarril;
• Owen Whitehall, vice president of supply management, North American manufacturing operations;
• Greg Saxton, VP and chief engineer, North American manufacturing operations; and
• Howard Werth, controller, North American manufacturing operations.

“These actions will facilitate continued improvements in manufacturing costs and in lean manufacturing processes … and smooth the progress of succession planning in our largest business unit,” said Greenbrier President and Chief Executive Officer William Furman in a prepared statement.

Greenbrier builds freight cars in the United States, Canada and Mexico; repairs and refurbishes cars at 16 North American locations; builds and refurbishes cars at two European facilities; and owns about 10,000 and manages 125,000 cars.