FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) announced today that Andrew B. Schmitt has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective October 8, 2012. The addition of Mr. Schmitt brings the total number of directors to eight.
Mr. Schmitt served as the Chief Executive Officer of Layne Christensen Company, which provides water management, construction and drilling services and related products to water, mineral and energy markets, from October 1993 to January 2012, and as President of that company from October 1993 to September 2011. From October 1993 until June 2012, he also served as a director of Layne Christensen. Since September 2003, Mr. Schmitt has been a director of Euronet Worldwide Inc., which provides payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and consumers, and currently serves on that board’s audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. Prior to his service at Layne Christensen, Mr. Schmitt was a Division President for Baker Hughes and NL Industries Inc. as well as General Manager and Controller for Dorsey Corp. and Hoover Universal. Mr. Schmitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business.
Tom Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Board of Directors for FreightCar America, said, “Andy has a strong track record of success leading complex global organizations and delivering organic and acquisitive growth. Given his background, we are very pleased he has agreed to join our Board of Directors. We look forward to drawing on the depth of his knowledge and business acumen and believe he will be a valuable contributor to FreightCar America’s future success.”
Mr. Schmitt will stand for election at FreightCar America’s 2013 annual meeting of shareholders.
FreightCar America, Inc. manufactures railroad freight cars, supplies railcar parts, leases freight cars through its JAIX Leasing Company subsidiary and provides railcar maintenance, repairs and management through its FreightCar Rail Services, LLC subsidiary. FreightCar America designs and builds coal cars, bulk commodity cars, flat cars, mill gondola cars, intermodal cars, coil steel cars and motor vehicle carriers. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Clinton, Indiana, Danville, Illinois, Lakewood, Colorado, Grand Island, Nebraska, Hastings, Nebraska, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Roanoke, Virginia. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at
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