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Steve Cianci Joins FreightCar America


D.A. International Casting Company would like to congratulate Steve Cianci who Joined the FreightCar America team effective June 24, 2019. Mr. Cianci is taking over for Theodore Baun as Senior Vice President, Railcar Sales and Marketing. Mr. Baun is leaving to pursue new business opportunities.

“We would like to congratulate Mr. Cianci on this new position and welcome him to the FreightCar America,” said David Kerrigan, President & CEO of D.A. International Casting Co. “Steve’s extensive experience with heavy equipment markets should serve the company well and contribute to its ongoing success.” FreightCar America is a long time customer of D.A. International Casting.

D.A. International Casting Co. serves over 800 customers and stocks over 1,100 different products–including an extensive supply of railcar replacement parts. Contact us for all your railcar and freight car parts needs. We offer top quality and OEM railcar parts for open-top hoppers, covered hoppers (grain cars),  aggregate cars, box cars, gondola cars, autorack/auto carriers, and  intermodel. Please contact us for more information about the exact freight car parts we offer.



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D.A. International Announces Partnership with Tealinc

D.A. International Casting Company is proud to announce a new partnership with Tealinc Ltd. on the Rapid-Release Cam Lock Assembly. D.A. International’s Rapid-Release system is the most advanced manual door lock system specially designed to allow one person operation from either side of the car. This system assures that unloading open top hopper cars is easier, safer and more efficient.

Tealinc, Ltd is a dynamic results-driven company that specializes in transportation solutions for shippers, railroads and investors. Tealinc, Ltd. buys and sells railcars and locomotives to the shipper, railroad and investor community. They also supply railcars through operating leases.

“This new partnership with Tealinc Ltd. offers an exciting new opportunity for D.A. International Casting Company,” said David Kerrigan, President and CEO of D.A. International Casting Co. “We are delighted to be working with this major leasing company to offer the most advanced manual dumping system on the market.”

The Rapid-Release system is designed using the same technology as the proven single door cam lock system, but requires fewer parts than that of a pair of single door cam locks.  With one cam lock system, a pair of hopper doors can be operated from either side of the rail car by one person.  It is easy to install on new or existing conventional hopper cars since it features standard mounting hole locations.

Be sure to check out our Videos section for more information on the Rapid-Release. 

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To kick-off the NHL All-Star game weekend in Columbus, Ohio, David A. Kerrigan, President/CEO of D.A. International Casting Company, joined some former NHL All-Stars for an All-Star Alumni game on the outdoor rink at the All-Star Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries.

The event took place at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink, where fans lined the glass to catch a glimpse of former Blue Jackets like Fredrik ModinAndrew Cassels, and Jody Shelley. Current Blue Jackets assistant coach Brad Larsen also took to the ice with members of the Blue Jackets hockey ops department for a less-conventional morning skate. It was a great way to welcome folks to Columbus for an incredible weekend of All-Star fun.


David Kerrigan & Jody Shelley

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David Kerrigan Joins the Fight agains Pediatric Cancer at “THE CREASE”

David & Heather Kerrigan

“The Crease” kicked off All-Star Weekend by raising $600,000 for pediatric cancer research

“Where being bad is good” was the theme for The Crease, a one-of-a-kind underground speakeasy party to raise money for pediatric cancer research. With $600,000 raised by the Blue Jackets Foundation on Thursday night, it’s safe to say there was plenty of good done.

The story behind The Crease is unique; when planning for the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities in Columbus, the Blue Jackets Foundation sought to do something different and something memorable to support its signature cause. Hosted at the legendary Columbus Athenaeum on 4th St. downtown, the 1920s-style prohibition underground party contained few details and many secrets – but that was the plan all along.

All that the party’s attendees needed was the appropriately-themed attire, a ticket and a way to get downtown. The rest was unveiled right before them, as various entertainers took the stage in the main ballroom and kept the vibe going throughout the evening. Magicians, dancers, musical acts…the night had surprises and special guests at every turn and kept attendees guessing as to what was next.

Some of those in attendance: the Blue Jackets’ All-Stars Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen, Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell, president of hockey operations John Davidson, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, and several Columbus dignitaries who joined in the celebration for a good cause.

The entire cost of the event was underwritten by the McConnell Family Foundation, meaning every penny raised went directly to the Blue Jackets Foundation’s fight against pediatric cancer.

“The thought was to do something really special to celebrate Columbus and the weekend. It wasn’t so much about the fundraising part but more so celebrating the city, but you don’t get a gift like this from the McConnell Family Foundation and not leverage that,” said Cathy Lyttle, vice-chairwoman of the Blue Jackets Foundation. “The idea behind the speakeasy theme was fun to think about – we wanted something unique. We didn’t want to do something where everyone sits down and has dinner at a table of 10. We wanted something that was secret, where you needed a password, which was kind of analogous to Columbus.

“The people who came to Columbus for All-Star Weekend discovered our little secret and probably saw our city in a way that they haven’t before. It was a fun to celebrate a night and we tried something that hadn’t been done before, and I think we succeeded.”

The big surprise of the night came after a “police raid,” ushering the crowd from the lower level of the Athenaeum to an upstairs theater, where emcee Johnny DiLoretto introduced Sara Bareilles, known for hit songs like “Love Song” and “Brave.” Bareilles played several of her songs, some on the piano and others on guitar, keeping the audience entertained with her trademark dry sense of humor.

“We really loved Sara Bareilles’ tie to us and our cause through the song ‘Brave,’” Lyttle said. “It has a lot of meaning. We liked the song and its attachment to the fight against pediatric cancer. When she sang that song at the end, we showed images from our Flashes of Hope calendar and our team’s connection to these kids. Plus she’s just a great entertainer, and her style seemed to fit the speakeasy theme – she was casual, funny, and absolutely a fantastic fit for this event.”

“We really loved Sara Bareilles’ tie to us and our cause through the song ‘Brave,’” Lyttle said. “It has a lot of meaning. We liked the song and its attachment to the fight against pediatric cancer. When she sang that song at the end, we showed images from our Flashes of Hope calendar and our team’s connection to these kids. Plus she’s just a great entertainer, and her style seemed to fit the speakeasy theme – she was casual, funny, and absolutely a fantastic fit for this event.”

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60,000-pound railcar on display as evidence of company success

By Mark Caudill, mcaudill@nnccgarnett.com
News Journal, 419-521-7219


The Purdy Construction Company used a giant crane to off-load a 60,000-pound rail car at DA International Casting Co. of Mansfield.

MANSFIELDS – The third expansion for DA International Casting Co. was a big deal. Literally.

The company is displaying a 60,000-poiund railcar on a section of track installed at the plant, 23 Mansfield Industrial Parkway. With the help of Ashland Railway Inc. and Purdy Construction Co., the car was moved Friday by flatbed carrir, lifted with special cranes and placed on the tracks.

About 30 employees and family members gathered outside the plant for the spectacle. Many, like C.J. Lawhorn were taking pictures. Lawhorn, who joined DA International Casting only two months ago, used her cell phone to record the moment.

“I’m still learning the concept of everthing, but this is a very nice idea,” Lawhorn said. “This is very exciting for us.”

The purpose of the display is to feature some of the castings and fabrications that DA International and its trademark division, WINE Railcar Products, supply.

“it’s an ornament, but it’s also a functioning car for development pursposes,” said David Kerrigan, president and chief executive officer. “If you see coal in a car, chances are it’s got our parts on it.”

As cranes lifted the massive railcar, a delicate monarch butterfly – weighing somewhat less than 60,000-pounds – fluttered past it. Purdy Construction workers directed traffic.

Mark Carifa, vice president of operations, expressed concern about nearby power lines getting in the way of hoisting the railcar, but there were no such problems.

Purchasing manager Peggy Stevens, who has been at DA International going on two years, joined Carifa in taking pictures.

“It’s really exciting, something special,” she said

Kerrigan formed DA International in 1996. The company moved to Mansfield in 2003, Kerrigan credited Mayor Lydia Reid and economic development Director Tim Bowersock for swaying the decision.

“We’ve got a lot of places we could have gone,” Kerrigan said.

He said the family-owned company has flourished since its move to Mansfield.

“We can’t expand much more,” he said.

As Friday’s festivities drew to a close, Kerrigan looked admiringly at the railcar, which his kids wanted to climb. Asked how long he would leave the display in front of the company, Kerrigan said, “as long as possible.”