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 industry. In 1988 IRS was acquired by Unity Railway Supply Co. Inc. In 1994, our headquarters were relocated from Cleveland, OH to Bensenville, IL. In fall of 2016 we relocated to a larger facility in Elmhurst, IL to position the company for future growth.
Throughout all these years, our goal of providing safe, high quality, cost effective solutions, unrivaled customer service, and knowledgeable field sales support has remained our focus to the railroad industry. Our experienced staff is dedicated to meeting your needs with a full range of products and applications. We strive to take our customer suggestions and turn them into reality.
Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. distributes products to all Class Ones, Regionals, Shortlines, Locomotive & Car repair facilities, contractors, and transit systems. IRS is an industry leading distributor of abrasives, AREMA track tools, work equipment wear parts, shop tools and related items.
When applicable, all our products are produced in accordance with AREMA specifications and/or tailored to specific individual railroad needs. We are committed to meeting the needs of Engineering and Maintenance of Way departments as well as the Mechanical, Signal, and Bridge departments across the United States. We are driven in our pursuit to continue discovering new business partnerships and opportunities in order to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge solutions.