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voestalpine Nortrak
www.voestalpine.com/nortrak/en / Headquarters: Richmond, B.C. / Brian Abbott, COO: "The company's
focus has been squarely on trackwork, but we have aggressive plans to expand our product and service offering."

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Staying on Track

voestalpine nortrak looks to expand its product base and become a
full systems provider for the railway industry. by janice hoppe-spiers
nortrak succeeds with its
vertical integration focused on
the design and manufacturing of
all trackwork components.

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voestalpine Nortrak was founded more than 30 years ago to serve
a niche need in the railway industry as a distributor of new and used
track equipment and material. The
Richmond, B.C.-based company has
evolved over the years to become
North America's leading manufacturer and supplier of trackwork and
related materials with the vision of
becoming a full systems provider.
"The company's focus has historically been squarely on trackwork, but
we have aggressive plans in place to
expand our product and service offering," COO Brian Abbott says. "We are
always looking to expand our product
base and have an active research and
development group that operates out
of Birmingham, Ala."
Nortrak Railway Supply Ltd., was
founded in 1981 and acquired by
Austria-based voestalpine Eisenbahnsysteme nine years later. Nortrak then changed its name to VAE
Nortrak Ltd., but in 2012 changed it
again to voestalpine Nortrak. Headquartered in Richmond, B.C., Nortrak
operates manufacturing facilities in
Birmingham, Ala.; Cheyenne, Wyo.;
Pueblo, Colo.; Newton, Kan.; and Decatur and Chicago Heights, Ill.
Nortrak specializes in the design
and manufacturing of all components that go into trackwork, Abbott
says. "One of the reasons we are so
successful is because we are vertically integrated in terms of our supply
chain," he adds. "We produce rather than purchase much of what we
need - from injection molded plastic


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