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Whiting Corporation Hosts Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Jennifer Pasek
Keeping Industry on the Move

Whiting Corporation was proud to host Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) at our headquarters in Monee, IL. Congresswoman Kelly met with Whiting President Jeff Kahn, along with community leaders and representatives of the railroad industry to discuss the importance of the short line tax credit, freight rail transportation, and free trade policies. She learned about Whiting’s business operations and took an extensive tour of our 200,000-square foot headquarters and manufacturing facility, which is home to 160 employees. REMSA and the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) coordinated the event.

“We appreciate the opportunity to show off our facility to Congresswoman Robin Kelly,” said Whiting President Jeff Kahn. “Our products, engineered and manufactured under one roof here in the Chicago South Suburbs, have proudly supplied American made equipment to meet the material handling needs of railroads, transit authorities, the steel and auto industries and a host of other applications. We thank Representative Kelly for meeting with us and seeing how members of the Whiting team work to serve the needs of American industry.”

First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, Congresswoman Kelly serves on the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and the House Oversight and Reform Committee. She has worked to expand economic opportunity and community wellness across the state of Illinois, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth. Before being elected to Congress, Kelly was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, served as Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County, and was Chief of Staff to Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, becoming the first African American woman to serve as Chief of Staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder.

“I appreciate the warm welcome from Whiting Corporation and REMSA and the chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing short line railroads,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “Today’s discussion has renewed my commitment to passing the BRACE Act (H.R. 510), which permanently extends the rail maintenance tax credit, given its importance to this critical industry that keeps our country moving by rail.”

Whiting thanks Congresswoman Kelly for meeting with us and seeing how members of the Whiting team work to serve the needs of American industry. We would also like to thank our local Monee mayor James Popp, NRC & REMSA officials, and Will County representatives for attending the event as well. Today’s visit was beneficial for all attendees. We look forward to building a prosperous relationship through the rail industry and our local community.

Whiting’s Jodi Heldt Elected President of the League of Railway Industry Women

Scott Bort
Keeping Industry on the Move

Jodi Heldt The League of Railway Industry Women selected Jodi Heldt, a 20-year customer service experience veteran with railcar maintenance equipment manufacturer Whiting Corporation of Monee, Ill., as their new President at their recent annual conference.

Heldt was previously Second Vice President of the League of Railway Industry Women, which is dedicated to providing leadership and support for the personal and professional growth of women at every level in railroading and railway-related business for the benefit of themselves and their employers.

Starting her career in Whiting’s Parts Department, Heldt has worked in several other roles within Whiting. In her current role as Sales Administration Manager, she is responsible for coordinating all pre-sales efforts of Whiting’s railcar maintenance equipment business.

“For Whiting’s railcar maintenance equipment business, Jodi is the hub in our wheel. She deals with various folks at railroads, metro transit authorities, engineering and construction firms, and industry consultants,” said Whiting Corporation President Jeff Kahn. “She is equally adept at discussing Drop Tables, Car Hoists, and Portable Electric Jacks with engineers and in dealing with terms and conditions to finalize a contract. Her diligent follow-up on all matters keeps that figurative wheel smoothly turning.”

Kahn continued, “The professionalism, communication skills and get it done attitude she shows at Whiting will serve well the mission of the League of Railway Industry Women.”

“Jodi was elected to the Executive Board in 2013 and during that time has contributed to the progressive change and a strong leadership of our Board,” said Susan Roberston, Immediate Past President of the League of Railway Industry Women. “We are very much looking forward to her being President of the League.”