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12 Steps for Handle Installation

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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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April Featured Supplier of the Month: Lansing Forge Inc.

About Lansing Forge, Inc. Lansing Forge was founded in 1956 as a small blacksmith shop producing hand made tongs for the forging industry. LFI still provides those same tongs to the forgers of the world and has also developed a line of heavy industrial hand tools including crow, pry and wrecking bars, hooks, chisels, scrapers,…

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Blotter Size vs. Flange Size- What’s the Rule?

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The proper use of blotters can aid in preventing wheel breakages. Blotters, by definition, are compressible washers that must be placed between an abrasive wheel and a mounting flange. These blotters are more than just cardboard or paper, but are designed to strict standards for material type, thickness, coefficient of friction, and compressibility. Use only…

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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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March Featured Supplier of the Month: Norton Abrasives

Our Featured Supplier for the month of March 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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Featured Supplier of the Month: Ajax Tools

Our Featured Supplier for the month of February is AJAX Tools. Our Relationship with this forging, milling, and heat treating company developed many years ago as we worked together to develop high quality products for the rail industry. With markets constantly changing, it’s imperative that companies can quickly react to changing environments and Ajax Tools…

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Industry-Railway Acquires ESCO Equipment Company

February 5, 2018 – Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. a leading distributor of tools and products for railway construction and maintenance announced today that it has acquired the business assets of ESCO Equipment Company. Since 1962, ESCO has provided sales and business representation for global railroad product and equipment manufacturers with a specialized mix of maintenance-of-way products….

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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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