CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL) announced that James "Jim" America joined the company as Vice President, Human Resources on August 29, 2016. "We are extremely pleased to have Jim join FreightCar America as our new Vice President, Human Resources. We are confident that Jim will be an inspirational leader, who enhances the company's organizational capability through the implementation of best practices in human resources policies and programs," said Joseph E. McNeely, President and CEO.

Prior to joining FreightCar America, Jim worked for Carpenter Technology as an HR executive in establishing their new world class facility in Athens, AL. Previously, he has served as VP, Human Resources for Colonial Pipeline, U.S. Pipe and Foundry and at one time was the Deputy Director of Alabama's State Docks and Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. He started his career at Monsanto and DuPont as a Process Engineer before moving into human resources. Jim's experience as a human resources executive with a well-rounded background in manufacturing environments will be an asset to the company.

Jim is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MA in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College.

Mr. McNeely concluded, "The entire FreightCar America team is extremely excited about the wealth of experience Jim brings to FreightCar and we look forward to a long, productive relationship."

FreightCar America, Inc. manufactures a wide range of railroad freight cars, supplies railcar parts and leases freight cars through its JAIX Leasing Company subsidiary. FreightCar America designs and builds high-quality railcars, including coal cars, bulk commodity cars, covered hopper cars, intermodal and non-intermodal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars and boxcars. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Cherokee, Alabama; Danville, Illinois; Grand Island, Nebraska; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Roanoke, Virginia. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at
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