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NRE Launches New Website to Better Serve Customers

NRE is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved NRE.com designed to better serve their customers and information seekers. Additionally, the site now better represents the full scope of rail and locomotive parts, services and solutions NRE provides to the Transportation, Heavy Industrial, Government, Marine and Agricultural industries.

The newly launched site, has been organized to better represent the users needs. In addition to a new more user-friendly navigation structure and updated content, the website includes a live inventory of available used locomotives. Additionally, NRE Business Development Team members are now represented on the site by region to make new inquiries a more welcoming and turnkey process.

“This new website will allow our customers and potential customers to more easily access our services, as well as find specific locomotives and parts that are currently for sale,” said Brandon Schwartz, Vice President of North America Sales. “It will also save our customers time by giving them real-time access to our inventory and direct access to our sales team,” he added.

NRE invites customers and industry colleagues to check out the new site at nre.com. It includes:

  • A massive locomotive inventory, updated regularly
  • An inventory listing with a wide variety of available parts
  • A staff page with direct contact links
  • Career Opportunity Listings & Application
  • Lists of available services and locations
  • An updated news section with corporate milestones
  • Easy Access Login Portal to NRE Electronics Customer Dashboards
  • NRE Social Media Shortcuts
  • eNews SignUp
  • TV, Desktop, Tablet & Mobile friendly

“Everyone here at NRE is excited about the new site launch,” said Pat Frangella, Executive Team Leader of NRE. “This site is only the start of bigger and better things to come for NRE’s customers.” For more information about the new website, please contact Brandon Schwartz at b.schwartz@nre.com or (618) 899-5591.

NRE to Consolidate Operations

NEW OPERATIONS PLAN REDUCES DUPLICATED SERVICES AND CREATES MORE EFFICIENT PRODUCTION FOOTPRINT

In January of this year, NRE’s leadership team, led by Steven Beal, began a months’ long planning process to streamline the company. That process culminated with a plan to consolidate several production lines to the company’s Mt. Vernon, IL and Paducah, KY facilities. NRE’s board of directors approved the plan in June.

“We are pleased to announce this consolidation plan. This will significantly streamline our operations, while maintaining all of our service offerings for our customers around the globe,” said Pat Frangella, Executive Committee Leader of NRE. “Our core mission remains unchanged, as does our ability to deliver for our customers,” he added.

Over the next several months, the company will consolidate rail operations from the Dixmoor, IL, Silvis, IL, and Milwaukee, WI locations to its existing Mt. Vernon and Paducah facilities. There will be no changes at NRE’s marine focused Power Systems group.

In addition, NRE Hagerstown will be moving its operations to a new facility which will be located adjacent to NRE’s Paducah, KY shops. The facility will include new and updated CNC machines, focused primarily on the manufacture and remanufacture of diesel power assemblies. This equipment will also allow NRE to expand its offerings and provide an even broader portfolio of reliable solutions.

“Being able to meet all of our customers’ power system needs under one roof will significantly increase production capacity and decrease lead times,” said Brandon Schwartz, Vice President of North America Sales.

NRE, headquartered in Mt. Vernon, IL, is a vertically integrated provider of new and remanufactured locomotives for sale or lease, third party locomotive and marine engine overhaul and maintenance services, and locomotive parts and components. Since its inception in 1984, NRE has grown to become the world’s largest independent supplier of leased locomotives; new and remanufactured locomotives; new and rebuilt mechanical materials; electrical components; technical support; and field services.

Message from the National Railway Equipment Co. Board of Directors

We are heartbroken to confirm that National Railway Equipment CEO Steven L. Beal died suddenly this past Saturday at the age of 46 at his home in Ladue, Missouri. The NRE family is devastated by this tremendous loss. A lifelong “railroad man,” Steven had been in the industry since the age of 12, constantly learning the business from his father, Lawrence, who founded NRE in 1984. When Lawrence passed away in 2010, Steven was well-prepared to assume leadership of the company. He was a remarkable leader for the NRE family and a well-known and highly respected industry advocate. Headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, employee-owned NRE is a global leader in the rail, marine and power industries, and is the world’s largest independent locomotive supplier.

While we mourn NRE’s loss, company leadership remains committed to the Beal family legacy and to ensuring its continued success. To that end, the board has named long-time NRE leaders, Patrick Frangella and Rob Riley, to serve as members of a newly formed executive committee to oversee all aspects of the company until a new, permanent CEO is selected. The only thing more important to Steven than NRE was his family, including his wife Erin and their two young children, his sister Susan Frangella and her husband Patrick, and Steven and Susan’s mother Sandra Beal. We offer them our heartfelt condolences and our unwavering support through this unthinkable tragedy.

Breaking Barriers & Engineering a Better Solution – NRE E-Gov

NRE continues to break barriers while creating more efficient solutions. NRE’s Electronic Engine Governor, or E-GOV, is intended for use as a replacement for the Mechanical-hydraulic Woodward PGR governor. Today, it is one of the most dynamic and cutting edge solutions used in the railroad industry. “Its single module design can directly replace the PGR governor on a standalone basis or be further integrated using communications to a modern onboard locomotive control system,” Brandon Schwartz, VP North America Sales says, “This allows greater flexibility in engine control and streamlines rack settings.”

The E-GOV takes commands from either the standard engine controls signals (AV, BV, CV, and DV) or via SAE J1939 over CAN bus. Engine speed control is provided by adjusting the fuel control rack. “With NRE provided software, The E-GOV allows for a more cost efficient solution to our customers. It also prevents unnecessary wear and loads on starters and batteries by eliminating the need for an AESS rack assist pump and reducing engine AESS start times.”

Now with the E-GOV, there is no longer a need to stock multiple governors that require specific rack settings for each locomotive model in your fleet. The E-GOV is a “one size fits all” solution. Simply upload the NRE provided software that will customize the E-GOV to operate each of your different locomotive configurations.

With the added benefits of integrated diagnostics and test capability on board, as well as in the field programing and configuration, why not look at stocking a single part number, the NRE E-GOV, to increase locomotive reliability and improve the ease of maintaining your locomotive fleet(s)?

Contact NRE to learn more by clicking on the link below or by visiting NRE.com.

NRE Electronics Calgary Facility Continues to Uphold Mission

As a global leader in design and manufacturing, NRE Electronics’ innovative solutions provide locomotive efficiency, state-of-the-art global communication systems, and high quality control systems to the international rail market.

Founded in Calgary, Canada in 2004, NRE Electronics continues to pride
itself as a leading design and manufacturing facility. While providing high quality and reliable products to customers worldwide, NRE Electronics continues to hold uphold their mission.

The primary product developed by NRE Electronics is locomotive performance enhancement equipment designed to allow aging locomotives to be upgraded to current state-of-the-art designs. With industrial hardware and configurable software this equipment is more versatile and reliable than any system on the market today, while remaining competitively priced.

NRE Electronics’ services can be used in a wide variety of locomotive applications, and can be customized and tailored to specific needs. The NFORCE Control System uses a power microprocessor to control locomotive systems and improve performance, while NCOMPASS places location & operation information at an operator’s fingertips.

“NRE is committed to backing NRE Electronics products with excellence” Rod Brooks says, “Our products and designs are developed by skilled engineers, technicians, and programmers with extensive experience in the railway, power generation, and industrial control industries.”

Facility Spotlight: Precision Manufacturing Right Here in the U.S.A.

In 2016, NRE acquired HK Engine Components, a manufacturer of locomotive power assembly components. With this acquisition, operating as NRE Hagerstown, NRE significantly expanded its capabilities as a vertically integrated manufacturer.

“NRE has blended the HKEC and NRE emission solutions into a system that is emissions compliant and very fuel efficient,” said Mohammad Albataineh, General Manager of NRE Hagerstown. “NRE now has the in-house capability to produce new power assembly components, rather than buying from a vendor. That has saved NRE and its customers both time and money, lowering prices and shortening lead times.”

NRE’s EMD® power assembly offerings include new and remanufactured heads, liners, and pistons for 567, 645, and 710 engines, manufactured in NRE Hagerstown’s Maryland facility, using castings poured at NRE Hagertown’s foundry in West Virginia. All components are built to OEM or better specifications.

NRE Hagerstown specializes in precision manufacturing, producing complex grey and ductile iron castings, and a variety of low-volume complex castings between 10 and 500 pounds. NRE Hagerstown is constantly improving the quality of its products and the productivity of its manufacturing processes.

“All of these products are produced with precision manufacturing and complete control of the design and manufacturing process, one-hundred percent in house from foundry to machining, right here in the USA,” said Brandon Schwartz, Vice President of North American Sales for NRE.

Today, NRE is the only aftermarket supplier of power assemblies that manufactures its own key components in U.S. facilities, supplying complete solutions from power assembly components to fuel injectors, with more than 700 kits running in North America.

Satisfied customers include Class 1, Short Line, and Transit Railroads, as well as many international customers throughout the world operating locomotives equipped with 645 and 710 engines.

Locomotive Spotlight: SD40s in Africa

When you think of NRE, do you think of a North American locomotive company? If so, think again. NRE was recently contracted by Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) to provide remanufactured SD40-2 locomotives for its port in Gabon.

GSEZ is a joint venture involving OLAM International Limited. OLAM is a major player in agribusiness worldwide and a presence in 40 African countries. GSEZ was under immense pressure to start moving tonnage in-country to and from the port. They selected NRE due to its ability to deliver under very tight deadlines.

“The special request on this project was the aggressive timeline, which can briefly be described as Mission Impossible,” said Mike Elbaz, NRE VP of International Sales. “However, NRE stepped up to the challenge and was able to show the client that NRE had the core equipment, expertise, and facilities to take on this project,” he added.

This project began in April of 2018. The customer originally planned to purchase new locomotives. However, NRE was able to provide a remanufactured locomotive, delivered at a lower price and a faster timeline, which proved to be a better solution.

“The market in Africa and the Middle-East must be looked at as one, and it is an emerging market for diesel electric locomotives,” Elbaz said. “NRE will continue to be both creative and have a clear strategy and vision to ensure we don’t miss it.”