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Building On A Heritage of Quality

FreightCar America—the home of the aluminum railcar, is proud of its heritage of building and designing railcars. And we have good reason. FreightCar America has been manufacturing quality railcars since 1901. The generations of employees responsible for creating its reputation for quality have made FreightCar America the largest North American manufacturer of aluminum railroad freight cars used to haul coal. FreightCar America now uses its design knowledge, enhanced production facilities, and unequaled experience in aluminum railcar building to expand its product line and provide cost benefits to customers.

Quality at FreightCar America is not just an idea—it’s the high degree of excellence every FreightCar America employee is focused on achieving. FreightCar America is committed to building quality cars for its valued customers.

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Our History

1901

The Cambria Steel Company is formed and builds its first freight car for an order of mine cars.photo_history1901

1923

Midvale Steel and Ordinance becomes part of the Bethlehem Steel Company. Many years later, design and production came to include a full line of covered and open top steel railcars. The company became known as the “Freight Car Division.”photo_history1923

1947

The all-welded Mayari R hopper car is built for Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. All plates of the car that come in direct contact with the coal load were made of Mayari R (developed by Bethlehem Steel) because of its high resistance to corrosion, battering and piercing and abrasion.photo_history1947

1950

The first car kits are sold. Car kits, a concept developed by Bethlehem Steel in the 1950s, are do-it yourself packages of car bodies and underframes that are purchased by railroads and assembled in their shops.

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1960

The first 70-ton hopper car is manufactured. This car was nicknamed the “committee car” because it was developed by a committee of engineers from three of the nation’s major railroads. Over 10,000 committee cars, and their 90 – 100-ton big brothers were built at Johnstown.

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1974

The shops are equipped to build hopper cars, gondola cars, ore cars, flat cars, mine cars, and special purpose cars by mass production methods. Production reaches 50 cars per 24 hour period.photo_history1974

1986

The aluminum-bodied BethGon® is introduced.photo_history1986

1990

The volume of cars manufactured in Johnstown reaches a historical peak when CSX Corporation of Jacksonville, FL places an order for 550 high-side Coke cars, each with a 5,300 cubic foot capacity.photo_history1990

1995

In September, Johnstown America produces the 20,000th aluminum BethGon®. In October, Johnstown America produces the 25,000th aluminum car.

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Johnstown America adds to its railcar manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Freight Car Services in Danville, IL.

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1996

The AutoFlood II™ aluminum automatic discharge hopper car equipped with MegaFlo™ discharge doors is introduced.photo_history1996

1998

The 50,000th BethGon Coalporter® is manufactured.photo_history1998

2000

The product line is diversified to include a redesigned Mill Gondola product line and AutoFlood III™.photo_history2000

Johnstown America is issued a patent for a “Railroad car having a cold formed center sill.” This one piece, light weight, high strength (70K yield) cold rolled steel backbone is in every FreightCar America coal car, and was first introduced in 1997. photo_history2000b

2001

The BethGon is redesigned to advance the state of the art in aluminum coal gondola car design and is named BethGon II®.photo_history2001

2002

The Johnstown facility manufactures the first-ever order of the VersaCoil™ gondola Coil Car for Canadian Pacific Railway.

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For the second consecutive year, the company earns TTX’s SECO (Supplier Evaluation Committee) Award for commitment to customer satisfaction

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2004

JAC Holdings International, Inc. (formerly operating as Johnstown America) announced that it has changed its name to FreightCar America, Inc., effective December 17, 2004. The new name better reflects the company’s primary business as a manufacturer of railroad freight cars.

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2005

FreightCar America completes its initial public offering of common stock and lists its common stock on the Nasdaq National Market.

FreightCar America celebrates the grand opening of its railcar manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Virginia. FreightCar America leases the facility from Norfolk Southern Corporation.photo_history2005

2006

FreightCar America celebrates delivery of the 100,000th aluminum railcar produced by the company. The ceremony was held at FreightCar America’s Danville, Illinois manufacturing facility where the 100,000th aluminum car was built.photo_history2006

2007

FreightCar America delivers the first newly designed BethGon® II hybrid coal car to Norfolk Southern Corporation.photo_history2007

2008

FreightCar America introduces its light weight, mechanically fastened, articulated intermodal double-stack railcar. Designed to meet the growing demand for movement of containerized goods, intermodal railcar solutions provide superior fuel efficiency while contributing to reduced highway congestion.photo_history2008

2009

FreightCar America introduces its new VersaFlood™ aggregate car design with lower tare weight, more capacity and dramatically improved operation advantages for moving sand, rock or minerals. The VersaFlood™ features the MegaFlo IA™ (independent automatic) door system with All-in-One touch plate control panel which operates the hopper doors independently or all at once.

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2010

FreightCar America completes its acquisition of the business assets of DTE Rail Services. This aquisition has bolsterd FreightCar America’s existing parts and repair service capabilities. The acquired business is known as FreightCar Rail Services, LLC.photo_history2010a

2013

In February, FreightCar America, Inc. announced the sub-lease of approximately 25% of Navistar, Inc.’s Cherokee, Alabama manufacturing facility. FreightCar commenced operations at this state-of-the-art production facility in the second half of 2013. The facility has the capacity to build over 7,000 railcars per year.

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2014

In December, 2014, FreightCar America, Inc. announced a $10 million capacity expansion of the Cherokee, Alabama facility. This capacity expansion adds an additional production line at the facility, increasing FreightCar’s total investment in the facility to approximately $33 million, covering about one-third of the entire facility.

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