GATX Corporation is a railcar lessor that owns fleets in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, jointly with Rolls-Royce Limited, it owns one of the largest aircraft spare engine lease portfolios. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. As of December 31, 2020, the company owned 148,939 rail cars, including 83,959 tank cars, 64,980 freight cars, and 645 locomotives. Other major car types owned include covered hoppers, open-top hopper cars, and gondolas. It primarily serves the petroleum industry (29% of 2020 revenues), chemical industry (22% of 2020 revenues), food industry (11% of 2020 revenues), mining industry (10% of 2020 revenues), and transportation industry (20% of 2020 revenues).[1]

GATX Corporation
TypePublic company
S&P 400 component
IndustryRailcar leasing
Founded1898; 125 years ago (1898)
FounderMax Epstein
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
Key people
Robert C. Lyons, CEO
RevenueIncrease $1.209 billion (2020)
Decrease $151 million (2020)
Total assetsIncrease $8.937 billion (2020)
Total equityIncrease $1.957 billion (2020)
Number of employees
1,904 (2020) Edit this at Wikidata
Footnotes / references
GATX tank car in Europe

History edit

The company was founded as Atlantic Seaboard Dispatch in Chicago, Illinois, in 1898 by Max Epstein to ship beer in refrigerated railcars for Duquesne Brewing Company.[1][2]

In 1902, the company was renamed German-American Car Co. In 1916, it changed its name to General American Tank Car Corp. and became a public company via an initial public offering, and in 1933, it was renamed General American Transportation Corp.[2]

In 1949, the company worked with designer Russel Wright to develop "Meladur", a melamine dinnerware.[3]

Effective January 1, 2000, General American Transportation Corporation was renamed GATX Rail Corporation, a unit of GATX Corporation.[4]

In 2004, the company sold its technology-leasing unit to CIT Group for about $200 million in cash.[5]

In September 2013, the company sold its 37.5% interest in AAE Ahaus Alstätter Eisenbahn Cargo AG to its partner, AAE Ahaus Alstätter Eisenbahn, for €84.5 million.[6]

In March 2014, the company acquired the North American per diem boxcar fleet of GE Capital Rail Services, consisting of more than 18,500 boxcars.[7]

In November 2018, the company announced an agreement to acquire up to 3,100 railcars from ECN Capital for up to $229 million.[8]

In May 2020, the company sold American Steamship Company, its dry bulk vessel business, to Rand Logistics for $260 million.[9]

In December 2020, the company acquired Trifleet Leasing Holding B.V., the fourth largest global tank container lessor.[10]

Reporting marks edit

GATX's primary freight car reporting marks are:

  • GATX (for tank cars)
  • GACX (for general-service freight cars)
  • GGPX (for coal cars)
  • GIMX (for intermodal cars)
  • GPLX (for plastic pellet cars)
  • GMTX and LLPX (for locomotives)
  • GPFX (for pressure-differential cars)

GATX also owns other marks including GABX, GAEX, GCCX, GFSX, GOHX, GSCX, IPSX, and TRIX including for General American Marks Company and GATX Rail. Many GATX cars carry a large "GATX" logo in the upper corner of the cars regardless of the reporting mark they carry; this logo is applied for marketing reasons and does not have any operational significance.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "GATX Corporation 2020 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ a b "General American Transportation Corp". Encyclopedia of Chicago.
  3. ^ "NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK NOMINATION: MANITOGA". National Park Service. February 17, 2006.
  4. ^ "GATX Corporation 1999 Annual Report" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Company News: CIT TO BUY LEASING UNIT FROM GATX FOR ABOUT $200 MILLION". The New York Times. Bloomberg News. April 16, 2004.
  6. ^ "GATX Corporation Announces the Sale of Its Interest in AAE Cargo" (Press release). Business Wire. September 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "GATX Corporation Announces Acquisition of More Than 18,500 Railcars from GE Capital Rail Services" (Press release). GlobeNewswire. March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "GATX Corporation Announces Acquisition of Up to 3,100 Railcars" (Press release). GlobeNewswire. November 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "GATX Corporation Completes Sale of American Steamship Company Business Segment" (Press release). GlobeNewswire. May 14, 2020.
  10. ^ "GATX Corporation Acquires Tank Container Lessor Trifleet Leasing" (Press release). GlobeNewswire. December 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Interchange: General American Transportation Corp". Retrieved February 5, 2022.

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