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7/7/2011 The MARTS Long Range Planning Committee, which was formed by the Board of Directors at it's June 8, 2011 meeting, held it's first meeting on December 1, 2011. This committee was charged with the mission of  considering and providing guidance to the MARTS organization in areas relating to detail planning, foresight and future growth. The LRP will provide additional value to the membership through exploration of  education via Web and conference based presentations while exploring other new educational avenues. Members appointed to the Committee are Jim Panza, TTX Corporation; Jerry Bohacik , GATX Corporation; Charles Dupin, Miner Enterprises; George Sokulski, Railway Age Magazine; and Dennis Weed, Chicago Freight Car Leasing Company and John Robertson, Secretary/Treasurer, MARTS. Each of the appointees are also members of the MARTS Board of Directors.
12/1/2012 The long Range Planning Committee announced today that it has gratefully accepted a donation of MARTS historical documents from former Secretary/Treasurer Ed Zasadil. This collection is among the first meaningful addition to the MARTS historical archives meant to portray the history of this 111 year old organization. The MARTS Board of Directors is presently in contact with major museums and universities seeking a suitable repository for all existing historical documentation relating to the organization. 
12/1/2012 The long Range Planning Committee announced today that it has gratefully accepted a donation of MARTS historical documents from  Al Glueckert, P.E, of Glueckert Engineering Services Company and a member of the MARTS Board of Directors. This collection is intended to be an addition to the MARTS historical archives meant to portray the history of this 111 year old organization. The MARTS Board of Directors is presently in contact with major museums and universities seeking a suitable repository for all existing historical documentation relating to the organization. 
2/21/2012 The MARTS Board of Directors has announced the dates for the 2012 Railcar technical Technical Conference to be September 22 to 25 in Chicago, IL at the Sheraton Chicago. These dates are consistent with a Railway supply Institute indoor trade show planned to be held at the same location. Also meeting on these dates at the Sheraton Chicago are the Air Brake Association, Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association and the International Association Railroad Operating Officers.
3/1/2012 At its last meeting, the MARTS Board of directors made the decision to donate funds to the Railway Supply Association (RSI) Scholarship Fund. The Board felt that the scholarships offered by the RSI are a worthy cause which deserve support by our non-profit organization.
3/4/2013

  The Railway Supply Institute has announced that the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) has affiliated with the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA) and will hold its first annual educational seminar in conjunction with the CMA technical conference at Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis, September 29-30, 2013. 

  The Coordinated Mechanical Associations consist of the Air Brake Association, International Association of Railroad Operating Officers, Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association and the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services

  Tom Simpson, President of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), which assists with the CMA technical conference, said “We welcome the LRIW to the ranks of long-established CMA organizations. LRIW’s educational training session is a valuable resource for women in our industry and will be a great addition to this year’s Coordinated Mechanical Associations technical   conference at Railway Interchange 2013.”


3/4/2012 MARTS President Dennis Weed announced today that the Board of Directors has elected four new members to serve on the MARTS Board of Directors. They are Mike Grey, Assistant Vice President Mechanical, First Union Rail; James H. Rader, Senior Vice President, Watco Companies; Hugh Simon, Superintendent - Mechanical Department, Belt Railway Company of Chicago and Jim Molnar, Manager Coatings - R&D, Union Tank Car Company. President Weed further stated that these gentlemen will be a great resource to the MARTS organization due to their wide range of talents and diversity of skills that are so necessary for the fulfillment of the MARTS Mission.


More information via mail or phone can be obtained regarding the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS) by contacting John Robertson, Secretary /treasurer, 2146 Windsor Ave. S.W., Roanoke, Virginia 24015. Phone 540-343-8991, Fax 540-343-2410, or E-mail at j.w.robertson@cox.net .  Copyright 2013 by Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services. last revision 3/4/2013. For further information via e-mail regarding the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS) Web site, contact: j.w.robertson@cox.net . Web design by Virginia Rail Solutions., LLC, Roanoke, VA.