Holden America

By: Holden America  09-12-2011
Keywords: Freight Car, Total Supply

Holden America Inc. is the railway market's leading provider of automobile tie-down systems for the North American fleet of bi-level autorack railcars. The system was introduced in the early 1990's and has proven to be an extremely versatile and effective means of securing automobiles shipped by rail. The system was developed by Holden in response to the automotive industry's effort to find a practical and effective way to secure autos during rail transport without undue physical stress on the vehicle's structure. Holden America's solution stood out among all candidates as the most creative and effective and it illustrates the company's innovative and practical approach to solving customers' problems. After 15 years, Holden America's Grate-Lock Chock System continues to be the only industry-approved method of securing automobiles on all bi-level railcars.
The Holden America group has been designing, manufacturing and marketing gravity discharge gates for covered hopper cars since the 1960's. In 1992, the railroad industry adopted stringent new standards for the performance and approval of hopper gates, and once again, Holden responded with an inventive and effective solution. The Holden Hopper gate is equipped on thousands of railcars throughout North America. Its signature sealing feature makes it ideal for difficult commodities such as cement and potash, in addition to the more common grain and soy products shipped in hopper cars. Holden supplies a variety of hopper gate sizes and configurations tailored to meet industry requirements at all levels. Its gate designs are fully approved to AAR standard S-233-92 and have proven to withstand the very demanding operating environment to which gates are subjected.The Holden America group of companies has developed a long history of supply of specialty components to the railway industry. Through its roots, it has marketed and manufactured freight car castings such as side frames and bolsters, it has supplied many bogie components aimed at improving truck (bogie) stability and has established international partnerships for the supply of freight car and locomotive wheels and axles. It has a keen sense of customer needs and couples that with focused and skilled engineering staff to ensure that its customers are able to access the world's leading technologies of freight car specialty components.Holden's specialized and experienced staff has been instrumental in managing customized projects in freight car and component engineering, AAR Approval, Quality Assurance technologies and processes, global distribution and logistics, international trading, and project management. Its "total supply solutions" philosophy has enabled it to leverage its product expertise to provide consulting services to customers, international consortiums, related companies, and to other railway suppliers.

Keywords: Freight Car, Total Supply