LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.—The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. produced its 100,000th intermodal double stack unit at its U.S. manufacturing facility in January, the company announced in a press release. The milestone achievement began more than 32 years ago at Greenbrier’s flagship production and design facility, Gunderson LLC, based in Portland, Oregon.
Greenbrier spearheaded the design of double stack railcars, which were introduced in North America in the mid-1980s to haul intermodal containers, and has reportedly built “more than half of all intermodal double stack railcars in operation today.”
“Gunderson has been a pioneer in railcar design since Greenbrier’s 1985 acquisition of this legendary manufacturing facility, in operation since 1919,” said Greenbrier Chairman and CEO William A. Furman, in the press release. “Building 100,000 intermodal double stack units is a significant achievement for Greenbrier. It is the result of years of hard work and dedication provided by our American workforce at Gunderson, which includes many employees who have worked in this facility in Portland for multiple decades. Greenbrier’s manufacturing history began with the intermodal double stack railcar at Gunderson in 1985. Greenbrier is proud to build intermodal double stack railcars in America—work that supports more than 1,000 highly-skilled jobs in Portland.”
Double stack technology is said to have revolutionized long distance freight transportation by railroads by enabling a freight train of a given length to carry roughly twice as many containers, sharply reducing costs per container. These cars are used for nearly 70 percent of all U.S. intermodal shipments, the company said in the press release. Greenbrier said that it has built approximately half of all intermodal double stack railcars operating globally. The company has evolved from a railcar builder with a single product offering to a global manufacturer that now provides numerous railcar and aftermarket products to support the transportation needs of thousands of customers on four continents.
“The 100,000th intermodal double stack unit is a considerable advancement from the first model built; the result of continuous innovation at Greenbrier,” Furman added. “Since 1985, Greenbrier has developed 13 unique designs for intermodal double stack railcars; all to streamline containerized shipping. Our current Maxi-Stack design is an example of Greenbrier’s unwavering dedication to supplying the safest and most efficient railcars in the industry.”
Greenbrier (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a major international supplier of equipment and services to the freight rail transportation markets. In addition to designing, building, and marketing freight railcars in North America and Europe, the company builds freight railcars and rail castings in Brazil, through a strategic partnership, and builds and markets marine barges in North America.