Greenbrier Management Services, LLC (GMS), an industry leading full-service provider of railcar management services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Greenbrier Companies
GMS commenced processing car hire payables on rail equipment that is interchanged onto RailAmerica's network of 39 regional and shortline rail properties in late 2009. Also in late 2009, GMS commenced processing car hire receivables generated by RailAmerica's fleet of railcars. Car hire is rent paid to the equipment owner, based on time and/or miles traveled. To date, implementation of payables and receivables processing has been completed for three of RailAmerica's five regions. Final implementation is expected to be completed early in 2010 ahead of promised delivery schedule.
GMS utilizes its proprietary Enable™ car accounting processing system to perform these services. Enable is a robust, web-enabled, proprietary product, with patent pending, that integrates the processing of car hire payable and car hire receivable data. The system allows customers to proactively manage their car hire by processing data daily and gives customers an unmatched combination of functionality, scalability and value backed by GMS's strong commitment to customer service. Enable is appropriate for deployment by railroads, shippers and lessors of all sizes and complexities, including Class I carriers. Clients are assured their data remains confidential through rigorous annual third party audits.
Jim Sharp, president of Greenbrier Management Services, said, "We are pleased that RailAmerica selected Greenbrier's team and software solutions after a rigorous and competitive evaluation process. We continue to invest in new systems solutions, analytical tools, services and people that meet our customers' critical information and transaction processing needs."
In addition to car hire processing, GMS is providing car repair payables processing for RailAmerica utilizing its proprietary Entrust™ maintenance management system. As part of this service, GMS is providing Association of American Railroads ("AAR") and shop billing audits plus "back office" administration to meet RailAmerica's railcar repair requirements. The web-based Entrust system provides accurate invoice audits, shop estimate and repair processing, "bad order" disposition and wreck management, plus maintenance cost analysis reporting.
GMS customers include Class I railroads, shortline and regional railroads, major operating lessors, industrial shippers and financial institutions and investors. GMS provides rail asset management systems and/or services to more than 70 railroads and 223,000 railcars.
GMS provides scalable, custom solutions to shippers, leasing companies and railroads of all sizes. These solutions include maintenance management, equipment management and accounting services. Maintenance management services include: auditing repair invoices, managing AAR repair billing, performing ongoing maintenance of railcars, compiling maintenance data and servicing damaged equipment. Equipment management services assure effective utilization of equipment through asset re-marketing, consulting on deprescription administration activities, auditing car hire and equipment register files, equipment tracing and lease administration. Equipment accounting services allow customers to optimize cash flow through processing and auditing car hire payables and receivables, working car hire claims and performing other back office functions, and implementing cash management settlement systems.
Greenbrier (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. The Company builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar parts at 38 locations across North America. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 223,000 railcars.
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