Greenbrier opens railcar axle machining facility in California


Greenbrier has opened its new railcar axle machining facility GBSummit in California, US.

The 80,000ft2 facility is jointly owned by Greenbrier and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, and is located in San Bernardino adjacent to the Greenbrier Rail Services-owned railcar wheel / axle maintenance facility.

The new site features advanced automation and will perform railcar axle machining, as well as additional axle services such as inspection and cleaning, finishing, machining, and downsizing.

Greenbrier Wheels & Parts unit senior vice-president Rick Turner said: “Our new state-of-the-art facility is the first axle machining location on the West Coast. It supports the growth we see in intermodal rail activity, the largest of all rail loading categories, where loadings have increased steadily in 2017, up 2.4% year-to-date.

“GBSummit is in a prime location near major intermodal rail operations that serve two of America's busiest container ports, the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro).

"This facility creates value for our customers and partners and is consistent with our strategy of creating solutions for our customers over the life of the railcar."

“This facility creates value for our customers and partners and is consistent with our strategy of creating solutions for our customers over the life of the railcar.”

GBSummit's present capacity allows the company to produce up to 12,000 axles annually and deliver them to freight car owners located across North America.

The new facility is expected to increase its axle production to 50,000 axles per annum over the next three years.

Greenbrier currently employs more than 1,400 people across the states of California, Oregon and Washington on the West Coast of the US.