CRDXtra! is here!

CFCL is proud to announce the inaugural issue of our CRDXtra! mini-magazine. In this publication, we will feature current trends and topics that are relevant to our industry. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. 


CFCL’s very own Scott Baker, Bill Elwess, Rhonda Zielinski, Jim Kennedy & Bill Plavsic recently attended the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Winter Meeting, held in Oak Brook, IL. The theme of the two-day event was entitled “Meeting the Challenges of High Demand”. Our five CFCL representatives were among more than 600 attendees, including leasing companies, shippers, railroads, manufacturers, investors, brokers and others that work in the industry.
Todd Kahn, V.P. of Portfolio Management and Marketing at Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. (CFCL), will address the attendees of the Rail Equipment Finance Conference on Mar. 3 in La Quinta, CA. He will inform attendees on this year’s industry outlook for covered hopper cars.

Sasser Family Holdings, a 4th generation company with roots dating back to 1928, has been selected the Illinois Family Business of the Year (large company category of competition) from the Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. The winners will be celebrated at the 21st annual Awards Gala set for Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.


Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. (CFCL), a business unit of Sasser Family Holdings, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Plavsic to the position of Sales Director. CFCL is a leading, independent railcar leasing solutions company. In this role, Bill will be responsible for supporting CFCL’s overall commercial strategy and leading business development activities with customers.


Chicago Freight Car Leasing announced today that it has finalized delivery of 200 new tank cars. The tank cars were delivered to a variety of customers in the agricultural and renewable energy sectors.

Paul Deasy, President of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co., said “We have a long established presence in freight car markets, including covered hopper cars.  The acquisition of these and future tank cars will allow us to bring customer-focused solutions and our brand of superior customer service to existing customers in new markets, as well as new customers.”


Chicago Freight Car Leasing announced today that Darrell Waldrop has joined the company as their new Director, Fleet Operations. Darrell has many years of railcar repair and maintenance management experience.  He most recently was Director of Mechanical for CF Rail Services, sister company of Chicago Freight Car Leasing.


Chicago Freight Car Leasing named long-time employee Jay Wilensky to the role of Vice President, Accounting & Finance.

According to Chicago Freight Car Leasing President, Paul Deasy, "Jay has consistently modeled our values, demonstrated excellent collaborative leadership skills and has made many key contributions to our company’s continued growth."


Chicago Freight Car Leasing announced today that Rhonda Zielinski has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Customer Support.  In this role, Rhonda will serve as the senior sales and customer support management executive of Chicago Freight Car Leasing.


Chicago Freight Car Leasing announced today that Todd Kahn has accepted the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management and Marketing.  In this role, Todd will serve as the senior railcar portfolio and market segment management executive of Chicago Freight Car Leasing.