Irwin Car and Equipment Acquires Traction Motor Service

Irwin, PA, March 31, 2014 — Irwin Car and Equipment, which engineers and manufactures custom heavy-duty material handling equipment for a wide range of industries and applications, has purchased Traction Motor Service (TMS), a full-service custom motor manufacturer and railroad motor repair center based in Irwin, PA. TMS specializes in the electro-mechanical repairing, rebuilding, rewinding and remanufacturing and custom design built to customer specifications of AC and DC traction motors and generators used in mainline, short line, mass transit, captive industrial rail, heavy manufacturing and scenic railroad environments. TMS's other services include machining, computer balancing, rotor repair, core loss analysis and surplus equipment sales.

"This transaction strengthens our ability to rebuild and repair drive trucks with traction motors, as well as idler trucks," says William (Bill) Baker, president and CEO of Irwin Car and Equipment. "By integrating TMS's expertise with our operations, we are able to service more than 30 types of motors. Expanding our capabilities to include manufacturing and repairs and rebuilds for a wider variety of rail-based applications than ever gives us the capacity to generate new business opportunities and accelerate turnaround time."

Irwin's acquisition of TMS is the latest in a string of purchases that has helped the company remain a single-source supplier of rail- and rubber tire-based material handling equipment, and related products and services. Over the past 15 years, Irwin has also bought TDT, a manufacturer of rock dusters and belt clamps; Track Switch Systems from IMPulse NC; the Energy Products Division of Schroeder Industries; Atlas Car; and Phillips Mine & Mill.

About Irwin Car and Equipment

Irwin Car and Equipment engineers and manufactures custom heavy-duty material handling equipment for a wide array of industries and applications. The company's products for industrial applications include locomotives, transfer cars, furnace cars, ladle and scrap cars, scale cars, turntables, wheels, wheel assemblies, crane wheels and sheaves, rubber-tired steerable trailers, transporters, light-rail track/signaling devices, and AGVs. Irwin's mining-related products include low-boy carrier cars, supply cars, roof transport cars, ballast cars, belt winders, constant tension winches, mobile mine ventilation systems, rock duster systems, drills, locomotives, personnel carriers, hydraulic filter systems, and filter elements. Irwin Car and Equipment has been in business for more than 120 years and is headquartered in Irwin, PA, 25 miles from Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact William (Bill) Baker, Irwin Car and Equipment, at 724.864.8900, e-mail or visit