The Wasatch rail-car repair facility has been in operation in Shoshoni for a year.
When the repair facility launched, finding customers was a challenge.
Wasatch Chief Executive Officer John Rimmasch said “when we first took the shop over we had about five customers in our first couple of months, we looked the other day and we have about 45-50 customers now and that’s great for us because just like the pizza shop downtown those first couple of days you might get a good influx of people that come in but what really saves a business is having those customers come back time and time again.”
Director of Administration for the Shoshoni facility Colleen Durtsche said “word is getting out we’ve got probably 10-15 good clients that we stay in touch with on a daily to weekly basis and they keep us in cars and its been good.”
The customer numbers have increased because repairs at this facility get done faster than at others.
Rimmasch mentioned “typically in our industry a good turn time on a car is 60-90 days, our turn time is generally 20-30 days.”
Durtsche said “word is getting out we’ve got probably 10-15 good clients that we stay in touch with on a daily to weekly basis and they keep us in cars and it’s been good.”
Employees at this facility fix more than just regular rail cars, bringing in historical restoration projects from around the country.
Rimmasch said “we also focus on historic passenger cars and historic steam locomotives and we have a passenger car right now that came from the central new jersey rail road, it was a commuter passenger car that was shipped to us from steam town national historic site in Scranton Pennsylvania.”
With so many companies turning to the Shoshoni facility for repairs, managers want hire more employees, to run more shifts.
Rimmasch stated “the more we can keep our numbers of cars up, the more opportunity we have to start double shifts, to fill those shifts with more employees and even start a third or triple shift and be able to run this facility round the clock year round, that’s what we’re really aiming towards.”
The facility brings in and repairs an average of 30-40 cars per month.
Rimmasch says they are very close to becoming an accredited repair facility, which means they can re-certify and inspect tanker cars, which will bring in more business and more jobs for Shoshoni.