Five years after moving to Wichita Falls, a company that takes damaged railcars and repairs them back to code hopes to once again expand.
Before the last expansion a little more than a year ago, Eagle Railcard had 124 employees. Now with 147, they hope to put another three dozen or so to work.
James Bullard has been the Plant Manager at Eagle Railcar here in Wichita Falls for three years and said since he’s been here, he’s seen a lot of growth in the company, but it wasn’t always like this.
“The unique issue that we had when we started up this facility was, our m.o. has always been, we would go in and buy pre-existing rail car shops. So you had the facility there, you had a base employee count that was already there in place. That was something that we had not had here,” Bullard said.
They had to start inside this facility, the old CertainTeed and then Saint Gobain-Vetrotex plant, from the ground up. Now, five years after it opened for business, they hope to achieve even bigger things.
“Currently we’re looking to expand. We’re looking at two different pieces of property one on the east side of the property that consists of, it’s an older dilapidated building that does not have electricity, heating, and air. We’re going to go into there and build half of that into a paint storage facility,” Bullard said.
The second piece of property could be used as a training facility. Bullard said it holds the potential to bring in employees from out of town to train, and add more bodies in Wichita Falls, something that President and CEO of Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Henry Florsheim said is always a good thing.
“It’s really encouraging from an economic development standpoint to visit with a company that has time and time again met their promises and to start discussing an expansion, its great news,” Florsheim said.
With Eagle Railcar hoping to add another 35- employees, both Florsheim and Bullard agree, Eagle Railcar is on the right track when it comes to pushing the Wichita Falls area economy forward.