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Heavy Haul Sessions Speaker:


Richard Pilon

Richard Pilon
VP, International Wheel Manufacturing
Amsted Rail

Biography: Rich is VP International Wheel Manufacturing for Amsted Rail Company, Griffin Wheel, headquartered in Overland Park, Ks. He is responsible for the oversight of wheel operations, quality, and engineering for the facilities in China, Brazil and South Africa.

Rich has been with Amsted Rail Griffin Wheel for 24 years, starting out in Technical Services performing wheel analysis, field service, product engineering, and quality assurance for the US wheel plants. In 2005, Rich moved into wheel operations and was Operations Manager for the Griffin Wheel Kansas City plant before moving to international wheel operations in 2006. Prior to joining Griffin Wheel, Rich worked for aerospace and automotive companies.

Rich has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a MBA from DePaul University. He is co-inventor for a patent for Railway Wheel Alloy.