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Wabtec Corporation (derived from Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation) is an American company formed by the merger of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) and MotivePower Industries Corporation in 1999. It is headquartered in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. Wabtec manufactures products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles, and builds new locomotives up to 4,000 horsepower (3 MW). The company is expected to merge with GE Transportation in early 2019, creating a global leader for rail equipment and services.
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Wabtec Corporation

Wabtec Corporation

Wabtec Corporation
Public
Traded as NYSEWAB
S&P 400 Component
Industry Rail industry
Founded 1999 (1999) via merger
Headquarters Wilmerding, Pennsylvania[1], USA
Number of locations
Various : USA, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America. ~50 plants[1]
Key people
Albert J. Neupaver (Chairman)[2]
Raymond T. Betler (President and CEO)
Patrick D. Dugan (Senior Vice President and CFO)[3]
Products Rail braking systems, locomotives, air condition and heat exchanging systems, other rolling stock components[1]
Services Locomotive servicing, overhaul and repair[1]
Revenue US$ 3,882 million (2017)[4]
US$ 421.7 million (2017)[4]
US$ 262.3 million (2017)[4]
Total assets US$ 6,580 million (2017)[4]
Total equity US$ 2,829 million (2017)[4]
Number of employees
18,000[4]
Divisions Motive Power Inc.
Website www.wabtec.com

Wabtec Corporation (derived from Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation) is an American company formed by the merger of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) and MotivePower Industries Corporation in 1999.[5][6] It is headquartered in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

Wabtec manufactures products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles, and builds new locomotives up to 4,000 horsepower (3 MW).

The company is expected to merge with GE Transportation in early 2019[7], creating a global leader for rail equipment and services.

History

The company's origins go back to 1869 with the foundation of the Westinghouse Brake Company. That company (also known as WA&B later as WABCO) became independent in 1990 via a management buy-out, and went public in 1995.[8] Another company, WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, also created from the Westinghouse Brake Company, is independent of Wabtec and was spun off by American Standard Companies (the ultimate owner) in 2007.[9]

The other company forming Wabtec, MotivePower Industries, can be traced back to 1972,[10] with the formation of the MK Rail division by the Morrison Knudsen group and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Boise. In 1994 Morrison Knudsen created a subsidiary MK Rail Corporation; during the first half of the same decade the MK Rail group expanded with the acquisition of various other locomotive component companies.[11] In 1996, MK Rail group separated from the parent Morrison Knudsen and adopted the name MotivePower Industries Corporation.[12] In the later half of the 1990s further companies were acquired – again all in the locomotive components business.[13] MotivePower, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wabtec, continues to manufacture locomotives.

In March 2010, Wabtec announced that it had purchased Xorail, a railway signaling design and construction company for $40 million.[14][15]

In July 2010, Wabtec announced the plan to purchase two manufacturers of rail equipment, Bach-Simpson Corp. and G&B Specialties.[16] The companies produce locomotive components and track products respectively. The acquisition of G&B Specialties was completed on July 28, 2010 for approximately $31.8 million. The acquisition of Bach-Simpson Corporation was completed on August 20, 2010 for approximately $12.0 million.[17]

In November 2010, Wabtec acquired all of the assets of Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer of traction motors and electric coils for rail and power generation markets Swiger Coil Systems for approximately $43.0 million.[18]

On June 14, 2012, Wabtec acquired Mors Smitt Holding for a purchase price of $88.4 million.[19]

On June 6, 2014, Wabtec acquired Fandstan Electric Group, a rail and industrial equipment manufacturer, for a purchase price of $199.4 million.[20]

On August 21, 2014, Wabtec acquired Dia-Frag, a manufacturer of friction products including motorcycle braking, for a purchase price of $70.6 million.[20]

On June 17, 2015, Wabtec acquired all three units of Metalocaucho (MTC, in Spain, China and India) who are leaders in the field of suspension and anti-vibration systems, for a purchase price of $23.4 million.[21]

On July 27, 2015, Wabtec announced that it plans to purchase 51% of Faiveley Transport's shares in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.8 billion, including debt.[22][23] The deal closed on December 1, 2016 for a total of $1.7 billion.[24]

On April 20, 2018, it was reported that General Electric, undergoing a strategic review, was in talks to sell its century-old locomotive business, GE Transportation, to Wabtec, according to people familiar with the matter.[25]

On May 21, 2018, General Electric and Wabtec confirmed the merger of GE Transportation with Wabtec in an $11 billion deal, expected to be complete by early 2019, that would see Wabtec shareholders own 49.9% of the future company, with GE shareholders owning 40.2% and GE 9.9%.[26]

United Kingdom

Brush Traction

On February 28, 2011, Wabtec announced that it had acquired Brush Traction of Loughborough, an English locomotive builder and maintainer, for US$31 million.[27]

Bearward Engineering

In November 2011, Wabtec acquired Bearward Engineering Ltd, an industrial radiator manufacturer employing some 300 people based in Northampton, England. Bearward Engineering primarily supplies the power generation market with uniquely designed cooling systems. At the time of purchase Bearward had an annual sales of US$70 million.[28]

Wabtec Rail UK

Wabtec Rail Limited is a railway engineering company based in at the Doncaster Works in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Services include the overhaul and repair of railway rolling stock and components. Wabtec Rail occupies part of the former British Rail Engineering site known locally as the Plant Works. The two main unions on site (Unite and RMT) gave notice on November 3, 2014, of their intention to ballot their members for industrial action over a pay dispute, for the first time in Wabtec Rail Limited's history.[29]

Wabtec Rail Scotland

Wabtec Rail Scotland occupies the Kilmarnock works of the former locomotive builder Andrew Barclay Sons & Co..

Lh Group Services Ltd

Wabtec announced the $48 million acquisition of diesel engine, transmission and bogie overhaul and industrial locomotive supplier LH Group on October 1, 2012.[30] Based at Barton under Needwood in Staffordshire, UK. LH has around 400 employees and annual sales of US$65m, about 10% of which are in non-rail markets.

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