Higginbotham Celebrates ARS’ 15th Anniversary

Higginbotham Celebrates ARS’ 15th Anniversary

Appalachian Railcar Services Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kurt Higginbotham poses with a plaque commemorating the company’s fifteenth anniversary. The company was founded in February of 2000.

All of the dedicated employees of ARS are appreciative of the leadership Kurt has demonstrated over the years and the teamwork that has made ARS a success!

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ARS Acquires BRC Rail Car Services

ARS Acquires BRC Rail Car Services

ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) – Appalachian Railcar Services (ARS) recently acquired BRC Rail Car Services of Lynchburg Virginia. BRC will operate under a new division (Appalachian Tank Car) which was established for this acquisition.

With the addition of BRC Rail Car Services, ARS will double its size to more than 300 employees. An additional 100 employees are expected to be hired over the next three years. Appalachian Railcar Services was founded in the year 2000 and now has thirty-four (34) operations in fourteen (14) states. ARS provides maintenance/repair, storage, industrial switching and other rail-related services to a variety of industries.

Founded in 1972, BRC Rail Services is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia and has repair facilities located in Hinton, West Virginia and Elk Mills, Maryland. The three locations process 1,500 rail cars annually. BRC specializes in providing repair, cleaning and interior/exterior coating services primarily for industrial tank cars.

Please click here to visit BRC’s website.

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October 2014: ARS Paint & Blast Services

October 2014: ARS Paint & Blast Services

ARS is proud to announce the latest services to be added to the company’s railcar maintenance capabilities at the Kingsport, TN facility. ARS can now offer exterior coatings for various freight cars, hoppers and gondolas.

Equipment includes a BCP Wheelabrator blast booth with full recovery system, BCP Wheelabrator downdraft climate controlled paint booth and cure booth.

The shop is served by both Norfolk Southern and CSX Class 1 railroads.

Please click here to contact ARS sales staff for further inquiries or information.

ARS Paint & Blast Services, Kingsport, TN

ARS Paint & Blast Services, Kingsport, TN

ARS Paint & Blast Services, Kingsport, TN

ARS Paint & Blast Services, Kingsport, TN

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Nucor Picks ARS for Railcar Maintenance

Nucor Picks ARS for Railcar Maintenance

Nucor Steel located in Crawfordsville, IN has chosen ARS to provide rail car maintenance and repairs for their in house and rolling car fleet. ARS will begin services October 2014.

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ARS Wins Duke Energy/Duke Progress Contract

ARS Wins Duke Energy/Duke Progress Contract

ARS was recently awarded contracts for railcar repair for three Duke Energy/Duke Progress areas. ARS will continue providing railcar maintenance and repair for Duke Indiana’s four locations (Edwardsport, Gibson Station, Wabash Station and Cayuga Station). ARS will also provide same services for Duke Asheville NC and Duke Progress Crystal River FL facility.

The contract award will allow ARS to develop a footprint in the state of Florida.

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ARS Teams with Norfolk Southern for Coal Unloading Site

ARS Teams with Norfolk Southern for Coal Unloading Site

Appalachian Railcar Services, Inc., has signed agreement with Norfolk Southern out of Roanoke Virginia to take over coal unloading operations at the Duke/Progress Energy Roxboro Steam Electric Plant (also known as Hyco) near Roxboro, NC. The operation is expected to have ARS unload approximately forty (40) Norfolk Southern trains per month.

ARS will take over responsibility for unloading by mid-April 2014.

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ARS Profiled in News@ARMS Publication

ARS Profiled in News@ARMS Publication

Appalachian Railcar Services, Inc. received a corporate profile in the News@ARMS publication’s Fall/Winter 2013 issue. As the official publication of the US Army’s Retooling and Manufacturing Support program (reconfiguring military assets for corporate use), News@ARMS focuses on success stories in their space.

The profile focuses on ARS’ services at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) in Radford, Virginia, where the company has been a subcontractor since 2008. From the piece:

Presently, ARS stores commercial railroad cars on site for local railroad companies. A new project is underway that will provide ARS the ability to repair commercial railcars while they are being stored on-site. Plans include constructing a concrete pad and canopy for the railcar repairs.

ARS provides coal loading and unloading services to BAE Systems and Virginia Tech University at the RFAAP as needed. ARS train crews pull trains with approximately 60 to 80 rail cars into the facility. ARS train crews switch four to six rail cars as needed to the on-site power plant.

ARS switches rail cars to an on-site loading facility as directed by Virginia Tech University. ARS currently employs a full time, qualified engineer and two brakemen, and ARS provides a relief crew as needed for loading, unloading and switching services. In addition, ARS stores commercial rail cars on site for rent, which requires a supervisor and two repairmen.

Click here to download a PDF containing the complete article. Our thanks to News@ARMS for this excellent coverage of the ARS team’s solid efforts at RFAAP.

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