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Congressman Quigley Joins IRS for Tour and Public Policy Discussion

IRS and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) hosted Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) for a tour of the new Elmhurst facility and a public policy discussion centered on priorities for greater Chicago’s manufacturing and rail communities on April 10, 2017.    The Railway Engineering-Maintenance and Suppliers Association (REMSA), a non-profit trade group representing over 340 railway…

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7 Products for a Safer Winter

With winter right around the corner, many of our customers will soon be experiencing sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and ice conditions across the country. We specialize in seasonal products such as FireSnake, Switch Brooms, Liquid De-Icer, and Steel Snow Shovels. Let IRS provide you and your team with safe and reliable products this winter season.  Here’s…

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IRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Celebrating 50 Years IRS is celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. Founded in 1966, Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. was established to service the needs of the railroads, railroad maintenance facilities, shortlines, and railroad contractors in the Eastern United States. In 1978 IRS opened an office and warehouse in Bensenville (Chicago), IL to service the western railroad…

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October Featured Supplier of the Month: FORREST Technical Coatings

Our October Supplier of the Month is FORREST Technical Coatings. About FORREST Technical Coatings FORREST Technical Coatings was founded in 1973 in Eugene, Oregon as a responsive and innovative manufacturer of specialty coatings and other niche products to industrial and consumer markets. Their customer base includes OEMs, distributors, and contractors; regionally, nationally, and internationally. They…

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New Partnership with Panduit Corporation

Panduit Corporation Effective May 2016, IRS has entered a new partnership with Panduit Corporation, a family owned business based in Tinley Park, IL. The focus will be on developing and providing existing innovative electrical and network infrastructure solutions to several segments within the railway industry. Panduit is a global brand committed to delivering a consistently high…

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The Do’s and Don’ts for Handling, Storage, and Inspection of Grinding Wheels

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Handle all grinding wheels with care. Remember there is no such thing as an “unbreakable” grinding wheel. Be safe and follow the attached Do’s and Don’ts for handling, storage and inspection of grinding wheels. Do’s Do check all shipments of grinding wheels for possible damage in transit. Do report any damaged containers or pallets. Do…

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September Featured Supplier of the Month: Norton Abrasives

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Our Featured Supplier for the month of September is Norton Abrasives.  Our relationship with the abrasive manufacturer goes back to 1981 as we worked together to develop high quality products for the rail industry. This alliance serves the regional, contractor, and class one railroad markets in the United States and Canada, and has allowed us…

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Fire Prevention and Safety

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 The majority of railroad fires are caused from grinding or welding on the rail. Grinding and welding rail can produce sparks, which is why it is important to follow proper fire risk assessment and mitigation procedures before starting the job. There are several factors involved in assessing the risks for fire prevention. Here’s a few…

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Staying Hydrated in Extreme Temperatures

 In the midst of summer, temperatures are at a scorching high with extreme humidity, especially for us in the Chicagoland area. It’s important to work safe in these types of conditions especially if you’re outside. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. The amount…

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12 Easy Steps to Replacing Handles

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Handles take a real beating. With constant usage, exposure to the elements, and the tough jobs being performed, track tool handles become loose or can break.  Keep your tools safe, comfortable, and performing their best by replacing the handles regularly. Follow these 12 easy steps to have your tools back up and working as quickly…

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