Rescar... Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Railway Engineering & Supply Co., Inc., (RESCO) is formed in Chicago, IL in 1969, with Joseph F. Schieszler, Sr. as President, for the purpose of recovering, reconditioning, and then reselling used load-restrainer bars to the railroads. Operations are established in an area on Chicago's Back-Of-The-Yards. From the very beginning the business started growing at an accelerated pace, prompting a move within nine (9) months to a larger facility in Blue Island, IL.
RESCO opened a second facility in Kansas City, MO, and expanded the Company's capabilities in the 1970's to include repair and reconditioning of rail car components in February, 1972.
Rescar Inc. is formed in Chicago. Though established as a separate company, the name comes about by combining "Res" from RESCO with "Car" for car repairs. While RESCO continues to repair, recondition and manufacture load restraining equipment and some light repair work, Rescar capitalizes on the fast growing demand for contract rail car repair and maintenance services, and soon makes a name for itself as an industry pioneer.
Later in the decade, RESCO's Kansas City facility begins functioning as an AAR Appendix B Maintenance Pool performing work at customer locations and loading sites on railroad-owned boxcars. This important event stands out as the entry point for the Company's involvement in on-site/mobile operations that by 1980 had twenty-six (26) maintenance/repair pools around the country. Meanwhile Rescar acquires its second repair and maintenance facility and by the end of the decade there are as many as seventy (70) Rescar employees in Chicago, most of whom are involved in light repair work. Rescar also acquired a facility in DuBois, PA from the B&O Railroad (now CSX Transportation), that is now one of the largest most advanced shops in North America.
The 1980's were marked by continued growth of the mini-shop facilities and the move of Rescar's corporate headquarters from downtown Chicago to more modern space in suburban Downers Grove, IL, where it remains today. Rescar also acquired its fifth major maintenance facility in Orange, TX. In terms of square footage, this plant soon becomes Rescar's largest repair facility and tank car cleaning is introduced in DuBois, PA. During this same period, Rescar establishes its first contract switching operation.
In 1989 Rescar is one of the first in the industry to incorporate the process methodology outlined by quality guru Philip Crosby on a companywide basis. By initiating a quality program at every location, Rescar capitalized on one of its most important resources - people. The success of this strategy continues to pay enormous dividends for both the Company and its customers today.
The 1990's signified Rescar's emergence as one of the industry leaders when in 1993, the Federal Railroad Association (FRA) selects Rescar to conduct tank car training classes for its top staff members and state rail agency hazardous materials specialists. The training, designed to bring FRA inspectors up to date on the quality assurance requirements outlined by the AAR. Soon after, Rescar acquired its Channelview, TX facility and installed a state-of-the-art, closed-loop tank car cleaning system similar to the systems at Orange, TX and DuBois, PA.
In 1994, Rescar celebrated its twenty-fifth (25th) anniversary and simultaneously unveils Quantum Leap, a detailed growth strategy intended to double the size of the company by making it a nationwide network of railcar services. Key elements of the program include improvements in the following areas: customer responsiveness, teamwork, support systems and capabilities, and profitability. In promoting Quantum Leap to the organization, Founder and CEO, Joe Schieszler, Sr. pointed out that, "A stronger Rescar means more security for all of us. That's why we are asking all of our employees to be ready to grow with us. For some of us this will mean new responsibilities...and others will be presented with the chance to advance at a new location." and encouraged Rescar's employees to "Be open to these new challenges because the opportunities will be awesome." The remainder of the decade saw Rescar start up operations in Gordon, GA and the opening of more mini-shops and, most significantly Rescar's tradition of refocusing its efforts on new avenues of growth is reflected by initiatives in several areas including the formation of separate technical services group and the initiation of maintenance management services tailored to the needs of specific customers' fleets with the formation of the Company's technical consulting and compliance group into TRANSTEK Solutions (now known as AllTranstek, LLC), and the start-up of the fleet management services group.