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.”
For over 70 years, Whiting has been a trusted name for freight and transit railcar maintenance and lifting equipment.
Whiting Corporation has been instrumental in the development of the Drop Table concept and is responsible for many of the added values and practical features found in today’s modern systems.
In collaboration with major railroads, Whiting has designed and developed Drop Table mechanisms that can be found in almost any major heavy locomotive repair shop throughout the country and the world
A drop table is designed for the removal, and inspection, maintenance and repair of locomotive or rolling stock wheelsets.
To remove drive wheels or trucks with a Drop Table, the locomotive is located and supported over the table top, where the trucks are disconnected, lowered, transferred laterally and raised to a release track. The trucks can then be moved to a maintenance area where inspection and repair can be performed quickly and efficiently.
Whiting Drop Tables are available in single, double or triple axle configurations, wheel set change outs are fast, easy and efficient and don’t require overhead cranes or jacks to lift the vehicle off the rails.
Whiting’s experienced engineers design the drop tables for easy maintenance and equipment longevity in harsh environments that also provide maximum operator and machine safety.
Like all of our railcar maintenance equipment, this single axle 60-ton drop table is functionally tested before shipping to reduce installation time and ensure the rugged and reliable equipment will work for years to come.