LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced new orders totaling 5,000 units valued at more than $425 million received during the first two months of its fourth fiscal quarter that began on June 1, 2018. This strengthens Greenbrier's backlog and provides strong visibility entering fiscal 2019. Orders announced today comprise a broad range of railcar types, with an emphasis on double-stack intermodal units and boxcars, as well as automotive-carrying railcars, gondolas, covered hoppers and tank cars.
William A. Furman, Chairman and CEO said, "Greenbrier's strong North American business is shown by the new railcar orders received during the first two months of the fourth fiscal quarter. Almost all orders announced today originated from North America. American railroads reported record intermodal loadings in June, while another 13 of the 20 commodity categories tracked by the Association of American Railroads saw monthly carload gains. June was the third straight month in which at least 14 railcar loading categories were up, the longest such streak since late 2014."
Furman concluded, "Greenbrier is the established market leader in designing and manufacturing intermodal wells for moving container shipments by rail. We are seeing particular strength in intermodal, but the railcar markets that support the transport of automobiles, energy products and general cargo are also active. Greenbrier's strategy remains to sustain our foundational North American business while we simultaneously expand our international presence to increase scale, and invest in human capital."
Certain orders in this release are subject to customary documentation and completion of terms.
Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars and marine barges in North America. Greenbrier-Astra Rail is an end-to-end freight railcar manufacturing, engineering and repair business with operations in Poland and Romania that serves customers across Europe and in the nations of the GCC. Greenbrier builds freight railcars and rail castings in Brazil through two separate strategic partnerships. We are a leading provider of wheel services, parts, railcar management & regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and related transportation industries in North America. Greenbrier offers freight railcar repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through GBW, a joint venture with Watco Companies, LLC. Through other unconsolidated joint ventures, we produce tank heads and other components and have an ownership stake in a leasing warehouse. Greenbrier owns a lease fleet of 7,900 railcars and performs management services for 356,000 railcars. Learn more about Greenbrier at www.gbrx.com.
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