Jim Shirvinski, currently Senior Vice President of Freight Car & Locomotive Assembly, joined Progress Rail in 2011 as Director of Operations for the Muncie, Indiana, facility. In 2013, he was named as Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Locomotive & Railcar Services (LRS) group, and was most recently promoted to his current role. Jim has responsibility for our Wheel, Axle, Bearing & Parts facilities, Freight Car Repair facilities, Recycling and Locomotive Assembly facilities. Prior to joining Progress Rail, Jim held a variety of senior management positions, including Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager for Union Tank Car Company.
Jim began his career with Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in 1992, working for four years in the Forward Planning Group, as well as in the Manufacturing Engineering Group. In 1996, Jim joined Union Tank Car Company at the East Chicago, Indiana, manufacturing plant as a manufacturing engineer and advanced to chief manufacturing engineer. Subsequently, he was promoted to Manager of Quality Control and then Director of Manufacturing Engineering. In 2005, Jim relocated to Alexandria, Louisiana, to help design and construct a new tank car manufacturing facility for Union Tank Car. Jim oversaw that facility’s daily operations, as well as other manufacturing operations in East Chicago, Indiana; Sheldon, Texas; and for McKenzie Valve Manufacturing in McKenzie, Tennessee.
Jim is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration before his move to Alexandria, Louisiana. Jim was also an Associate Professor for Purdue University Calumet for two semesters, teaching Internal Combustion Engine Design.