New Business Setting Up Shop at Certainteed plant

An empty industrial lot that once housed Certainteed is once again being used as a new business is set to open in the near future.

Eagle railcar is a company that repairs, inspects and recertifies railroad cars and employs about 300 people at three locations in Texas and Ohio. 

Eagle Railcar Vice President Marc Walraven says the company bought 45 acres at the plant, and is looking at hiring over 64 employees over the next three years.

Walraven says he is optimistic they can reach between 100 and 150 employees.

He says he's glad they chose Wichita Falls and are certain that decision will be beneficial to the company.

"We had actually selected another location in south Texas," Walraven says. "Since that time we have corresponded with a number of our clients and they are very excited about the location and we think it's going to be really good for us."

The company is doing a phased opening before being fully operational as they wait for the approval of an air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Walraven says they expect that to take between 30 and 45 days.

He says the mechanical repair shop is up and running because it does not require the air quality permit. 

Walraven says Eagle Railcar is looking for welders, blasters and painters to fill some of the vacant positions.

For more information, you can visit Eagle Railcar which is located on 4501 Allendale Road and ask for the manager, Dennis Williams. 

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