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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.


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.

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