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ASF-Keystone makes management changes, consolidates offices in Granite City


ASF-Keystone Inc.’s top officials are counting on a not-so-little series of organizational changes to go a long, long way.

In addition to making several executive changes — including naming a new president — the manufacturer of side frames, bolsters and other cast steel freight-car components has moved its general offices from Chicago to Granite City, Ill., home of the company’s main manufacturing facility and test engineering center. The idea: improve internal communications among the manufacturing, marketing, product development, finance and human resources functions, and "ensure that everyone is pulling together for the common strategic objective of maximizing customer satisfaction," said John Wories Jr., new president of ASF-Keystone North America, in a prepared statement.

Formerly an ASF-Keystone vice president, Wories replaces Ronald Barker, who retired. Wories reports to Paul Fischer, controller at ASF-Keystone’s parent, AMSTED Industries Inc. Fischer recently picked up a second title: ASF-Keystone corporate operating officer.

In related changes:

• Paul Limbach, formerly Granite City operations manager, was named vice president-operations;
• William O’Donnell, formerly vice president of end-of-car systems, was named vice president of sales, marketing and product development; and
• James Leyden, formerly assistant controller, was named controller.

Paul Ciolino, managing director for ASF-Keystone Europe, continues to be responsible for the company’s European operations, but he now reports to AMSTED’s Fischer.

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