A Grand Celebration with the Mayor
The celebration kicked off at the workshop. Visitors had the opportunity to venture safely inside the halls to witness the heart of the operation and to discover an array of different railcar types in front of the workshop. Invitees included all WSO staff, their friends and family as well as the Mayor of Ostróda. The GATX Rail Europe Executive Team was also in attendance. After the visit, the guests were transported to a picnic location to celebrate together with food, drinks, and entertainment for the families.
Zbigniew Michalak, Mayor of Ostróda, underlined the local importance of the workshop. “The WSO workshop is a place that brings generations together – my grandfather worked here as well and so have many families for generations, making it the oldest and third largest employer of the greater Ostróda area,” he said.
Johann Feindert addressed the crowd, saying, “This workshop is not just a place of work; it’s a symbol of our commitment to Ostróda and to railcar service excellence. It’s a testament to the dedication of our team here.”
Sławomir Garwacki, Managing Director of the Ostróda Workshop, also shared his enthusiasm for the workshop’s contributions to the community. “We employ more than 350 people in our workshop and are very involved in the community with outreach programs to welcome even more new colleagues in the future,” he said.
Looking to the Future
This winter, the workshop teams will also be celebrating the assembly of the 1,000th multi-purpose champion LPG railcar at the workshop. Sławomir Garwacki emphasizes the company’s ongoing need for skilled workers, particularly welders, inviting anyone interested to join their team.
In celebrating 150 years of railcar excellence in Ostróda, GATX Rail Europe not only pays tribute to its rich history but also looks forward to a promising future. The workshop’s legacy is deeply woven into the fabric of Ostróda, and it continues to be the heart of GATX Rail Europe’s promise to keeping railcars moving.