The customer is the railroad spike division of a 100-year-old, fourth-generation, family-owned company that employs about 100 people. Based in Alabama, the parent firm manufactures and sells overhead crane rail systems and railroad products; sells new and used locomotive parts; and rebuilds used locomotives for sale to U.S. and international markets. The spike division is one of only two U.S. companies that manufacture railroad track spikes; it produces an estimated 36,000 spikes per day during busy periods.The Challenge
Through three shifts per day, seven days a week, the company’s foundry turns carbon-steel bars into 5/8” x 6” rail spikes, which it sells to
Class I, regional and short-line railroads as well as to contractors and industrial customers throughout North America. The spikes are precision forged to meet rigorous standards in specifications and quality.