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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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IRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

railway interchange

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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Fire Prevention and Safety

spark shield

 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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July Featured Supplier of the Month: Abloy Security

Industry-Railway Suppliers has partnered with Abloy Security for over 50 years to provide the highest quality weather resistant padlocks and door cylinders to the railroad industry. Together, we have been able to take ideas from customers and develop products to meet their specifications. We did this with a bright colored, waterproof cover that slips over…

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