Miller Felpax Announces Major Expansion of Plant and Innovation Facilities

Posted in locomotive leadership on March 20, 2013 by millerfelpax

Miller Felpax Corporation, the manufacturer of innovative products for the railroad industry globally, today announces the 20% expansion of its total facilities to include additional offices, warehousing, and training and innovation lab facilities. Steve Blue, President and CEO, explains the reasons behind the expansion and continued investment in the company’s production and innovation capacity. “For the last 10 years, we have been growing steadily despite the significant challenges presented by the economy. Our top line growth has been consistently exceeding 10% on an annual basis and our growth plans going forward call for a 20% to 30% increase over the next several years. This investment in infrastructure reflects our confidence that we can keep growing by continuing to offer new products to the railroad industry.”

Miller Felpax began 60 years ago on the strength of innovative products for lubricating railcar and locomotive truck axles. That tradition of surprising solutions to tough railroading problems has made the company competitive with the largest manufacturers in the business. According to Eric Armstrong, Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Sales, “Miller Felpax may be a relatively small company but we have an impact across the industry and around the globe. Every freight train running in the United States today contains parts we manufacture. Globally, about 25% of our sales come from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, South Africa, Europe and Australia.”

Along with a strong tradition of innovation at the company,has been the willingness to invest in continued growth. In 2011, Steve Blue engineered the acquisition of Amfab, a locomotive engine and truck components supplier based in Chicago and moved that capacity to Winona creating new jobs in the town. He has continued that investment by hiring industry leading experts in production, engineering, and design. “This additional infrastructure will support employee efforts to drive sales of current products and invent new solutions to pressing railroad industry needs. That’s not merely a strategy statement but it is what drives everyone here. We are focused on a single goal: net operating profit. We’re giving them more tools to do just that.” Blue adds that he is completely confident his team will pay out this significant investment.

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Miller Felpax President & CEO Attends Canadian Railway Club’s 105th Annual Dinner

Posted in locomotive leadership with tags , , , on February 15, 2013 by millerfelpax

crc ann dinner head table

The Canadian Railway Club’s 105th annual dinner took place at the Montreal Hilton Bonaventure Hotel on Friday Feb 01, 2013, under this year’s theme of Black & White. This prestigious event typically attracts the top people in the railway industry and this year was no exception.

Mr. Steve Blue, President & CEO of Miller Felpax Corp, attended the event again this year as one of the head table guests. Club President Mr. Patrick Charpentier welcomed over 1,000 guests to this year’s event and introduced the singer of the US and Canadian anthems, 16 year old Marco Bocchicchio. Following the anthems, Mr. Mario Brault, President of Genessee & Wyoming Canada, proposed a toast to the railway supply industry and Mr. Nicolas Théberge of Hatch Mott MacDonald proposed a toast to the railway industry.

“Since 1902 The Canadian Railway Club has promoted the rail transportation industry and provided key networking and social events to maintain strong relationships,” said Mr. Steve Blue. “It was an honor to be a part of the organization’s event.”

Guests enjoyed a 4 course dinner as well as a variety of entertainment provided by Thèm Concept. Many attendees were dressed in black and white, which added to the theme of the evening.

Miller Felpax Featured in Transportation & Logistics International Magazine

Posted in leadership, Locomotive Logistics, Locomotive Truck Parts, rail, rail parts, railway parts with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by millerfelpax

The rail parts manufacturer’s CEO, Steve Blue, to share how its service and dedication to customer has earned it a stellar reputation worldwide.

Miller Felpax is featured in the Spring, 2013 issue of Transportation & Logistics International, which will be available the end of January.

Transportation & Logistics International is the mustread trade publication to stay abreast of critical issues and trends for leadership in the industry. According to their media kit, “each issue profiles dozens of successful companies in the transport, shipping, supply chain management and logistics sectors, and provides our readers with timely interviews that showcase best practices in efficiency and management.”

Miller Felpax is a Winona, MN-based firm that designs, manufactures and distributes rail parts, including locomotive, rail car, traction motor, bogie, truck and gear case components. It holds over 240 patents and has been in business since 1948.

“It’s an honor to be highlighted in the Spring 2013 issue of Transportation & Logistics International“, said Steve Blue, CEO of Miller Felpax. “Our parts are found on every freight train in the United States, so we are looking forward to sharing some of our success story with the industry.”

The article focuses not only on the history of Miller Felpax and its reputation for impeccable quality parts, but also on its dedication to service. “Our commitment to the customer – to giving them what they want when they need it – is a hallmark of Miller Felpax,” Blue added. “We have a very loyal customer base across the world, and they know that they can count on Miller Felpax to deliver the best service.”

Small Winona company makes it big in rail industry

Posted in locomotive parts with tags , , , , on January 7, 2013 by millerfelpax
By Edie Grossfield
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Reprinted from http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1493898 as originally published April 2012.

Miller Felpax Chief Executive Officer Steve Blue

Keen business strategy during the past two years along with a designed company culture are the reasons Winona-based Miller Felpax continues to thrive through rocky economic times, said the company’s President and CEO Steve Blue.
The manufacturer of freight train parts reported significant growth during the first quarter of 2012 — a 20 percent increase in sales over the first quarter of 2011.

About half of that growth is the result of Miller Felpax purchasing Amfab, a Chicago-based rail products company, in April 2011, Blue said. He shut down its operations in Chicago and moved the business to Winona, creating about a dozen local jobs, he said.

Also contributing to company growth was heavy investment in developing products for train “truck assemblies.” Truck assemblies make up all of the parts underneath locomotives and rail cars, where the wheels and axles are. The company spent a lot of money for the tooling and engineering to be able to compete with larger companies in that area, Blue said.

“We placed a big bet about two years ago,” he said. “I hired a guy and spent a lot of money to expand our presence in that business. And, we started knocking off big projects right away, stealing them from the big guys — really huge competitors.”

Small but growing

Miller Felpax is a relatively small company for what it does. It has about 50 employees, but manufactures parts that can be found on every single freight train running in the United States today, Blue said. Also, about 25 percent of the company’s sales are outside the United States, including in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, South Africa, Europe and Australia.

The late Rudy Miller founded the company in Winona in 1948, after he invented a device for lubricating locomotive axles. Today, Miller Felpax is owned by Miller’s daughters, Carol Ann Mackay and Helen Lou Kurtz.

The word Felpax evolved from the name of Miller’s first product, which was called something like a felt pack, said Blue, who has been with the company for almost 14 years.

Over its 64-year history, Miller Felpax has generated more than 220 patents in the rail industry, although some of those have expired, Blue said.

Sales at Miller Felpax, the privately-owned rail product manufacturer, rose 20 percent over the same period last year, according to Chief Executive Officer Steve Blue, left. Also pictured is Audio Designs contractor Jim Meyers of Winona.

During the last 10 years, the company has tripled in size, even growing through most of the recent U.S. recession, Blue said.

“I wouldn’t say we didn’t hit a soft patch. We did, but nothing serious. And every year we just seem to climb higher than we did before,” he said.

United efforts

Blue said Miller Felpax is able to keep growing because its products help save the railroad industry millions of dollars “by extending the life of the locomotives and rail cars and reducing their operating expenses by quite a bit.”

Also, a company culture that recognizes and rewards employees for working together toward a single goal makes employees happy and Miller Felpax successful, he said. The company culture is by design, and includes peer reviews.

“What we do is say everyone is playing on the same team and we’re playing against the enemy, or the competition, if you will, as opposed to playing against each other,” Blue said. “One of the ways we’ve structured it so we can achieve that is say there’s only one goal for this company: That’s making our operating budget number.”

Miller Felpax to be Featured in Transportation & Logistics International Magazine

Posted in transportation leadership with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2012 by millerfelpax

The rail parts manufacturer’s CEO, Steve Blue, to share how its service and dedication to customer has earned it a stellar reputation worldwide.

T&L MagMiller Felpax, a leading manufacturer and distributor rail parts worldwide, is featured in the Spring, 2013 issue of Transportation & Logistics International, which will be available the end of January.

Transportation & Logistics International is the must-read trade publication to stay abreast of critical issues and trends for leadership in the industry. According to their media kit, “each issue profiles dozens of successful companies in the transport, shipping, supply chain management and logistics sectors, and provides our readers with timely interviews that showcase best practices in efficiency and management.”

Miller Felpax is a Winona, MN-based firm that designs, manufactures and distributes rail parts, including locomotive, rail car, traction motor, bogie, truck and gear case components. It holds over 240 patents and has been in business since 1948.

“It’s an honor to be highlighted in the Spring 2013 issue of Transportation & Logistics International“, said Steve Blue, CEO of Miller Felpax. “Our parts are found on every freight train in the United States, so we are looking forward to sharing some of our success story with the industry.”

The article focuses not only on the history of Miller Felpax and its reputation for impeccable quality parts, but also on its dedication to service. “Our commitment to the customer – to giving them what they want when they need it – is a hallmark of Miller Felpax,” Blue added. “We have a very loyal customer base across the world, and they know that they can count on Miller Felpax to deliver the best service.”

About Transportation & Logistics International

Industry leaders need a comprehensive publication to keep pace with this dynamic marketplace. Transportation & Logistics International is their mustread trade publication to stay abreast of critical issues and trends.

Through our print and digital publications, website, industry associations and independent editorial, Transportation & Logistics International keeps executives in the know. Each issue profiles dozens of successful companies in the transport, shipping, supply chain management and logistics sectors, and provides our readers with timely interviews that showcase best practices in efficiency and management.

Transportation & Logistics International is the just-in-time vehicle for industry readers who want to read about, reach and influence the top decision makers in this vital industry.

Locomotive Truck Parts In Stock

Posted in Locomotive Truck Parts on November 7, 2012 by millerfelpax

Miller Felpax manufactures high performing, long-wearing and reliable locomotive truck parts using superior technology and materials that meet the most exacting specifications. With over 4,000 available parts IN STOCK, Miller Felpax can deliver your products when you need them.

We stocks a full line of locomotive truck parts for the most popular designs, including components on the newer radial/steerable truck. These include the rubber over molded bushings, shocks and dampers, wear parts, pins and bushings, sander guides and more. Custom kits are available for customer programs or projects. Give us a call to see how we can support your truck overhaul needs. We’ll deliver on time.

Miller Felpax Hosts Plant Tour as Part of Winona Chamber’s Manufacturing Week

Posted in leadership with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by millerfelpax

Global manufacturer provides insight into plant operations to illustrate best in class manufacturing processes.

As part of the Winona Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturing Week, Miller Felpax, a leading global manufacturer of locomotive and railway parts and active member of the Chamber, opened its plant to tours on October 10, 2012. Two plant tours were scheduled for Chamber members and guests.

“Miller Felpax knows how important manufacturing is not only to Winona and the surrounding areas, but also to the health and well-being of our country,” said Miller Felpax CEO Steven L. Blue. “As active members of the Chamber, a growing company and supporter of the community, we are pleased to provide plant tours so others can see manufacturing up close and personal.”

The plant tours highlighted Miller Felpax’s history, exceptional processes and best in class locomotive and railway products. A host of local and state legislators were on hand to tour the site and network with guests.

Blue, a noted author and keynote speaker in addition to his CEO duties, was there for the tours, and donated 500 copies of his latest book, The $10 Million Employee, as well. Adding to the celebration, business expert and number one New York Times best-selling author, Harvey Mackay, also donated two of his books: The Harvey Mackay Network Builder and Harvey Mackay’s ABC’s of Success.

“Businesses may be struggling in the ‘new normal’ and these books are no-holds-barred, clear-eyed looks at how your most valuable assets might be costing you millions,” said Blue. “As active members of the Chamber and supporters of the community, Harvey and I are pleased to provide copies of our books for Chamber members and guests.”

For more information about the event, visit the Winona Chamber of Commerce website athttp://WinonaChamber.com
For more information about Miller Felpax, visit http://MillerFelpax.com
For more information on Steven L. Blue, visit http://StevenLBlue.com
For more information on Harvey Mackay, visit http://www.harveymackay.com

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