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Chicago Freight Car Leasing Team Member Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Eastern US & Eastern Canada

email: mike.kelly@crdx.com

tel: 708-476-5086

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Team Member Jim Kennedy

Jim Kennedy

Western US & Gulf Coast

email: jim.kennedy@crdx.com

tel: 847-384-4441

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Team Member Scott Baker

Scott Baker

Midwest US & Mexico

email: scott.baker@crdx.com

tel: 847-384-4438

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Team Member Bill Plavsic

Bill Plavsic

Central US & Western Canada

email: bill.plavsic@crdx.com

tel: 847-278-2115

A 90-year track record of success.

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Company’s roots date back to 1928, when an entrepreneur named Fred H. Sasser started a business in Chicago. It was called Central West Refrigerator Despatch and provided railcar service to farms along the Illinois Northern Railway. Central West Refrigerator Despatch grew and Fred’s son Robert helped expand the business after returning from WWII, rebranding it to Chicago Freight Car Leasing. Today, Chicago Freight Car Leasing is a core business in the Sasser family of companies. As Sasser has grown, the high-touch, personal service that Fred exemplified remains an essential part of Chicago Freight Car Leasing. The commitment to being there for our customers and the values that personified our business back then continue today. Together, with Sasser, we can dream bigger, do better, and help our customers realize more opportunities now and into the future.

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The opportunity to be a part of Sasser has given us access to learnings, advancements, and resources that help us serve you and your business better. The Sasser family values are simple: respect, integrity, continuous improvement, and a commitment to putting our customers first. It's just how we work.

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Our Focus

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What We Do: Assets

We are a group of companies specializing in transportaion asset leasing services and management.

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How We Do It: People

We unleash the power of family by bringing our extended family values to work every day.

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Why We Matter: Stewardship

Our commitment to stewardship enriches the lives around us.

Our Vision

A world playing the long game, not the end game. We’re driven less by what we need to do and more by what we want to become.

Our Mission

To help people be efficient with the machines that move our world.

Our Values

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Uncompromising Integrity

We show respect, hold ourselves accountable and say what we mean everywhere, every time.

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Remarkable Customer Service

It’s what we really sell, and it’s the key to creating long-term partnerships.

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High-Performing Teams

We succeed or fail together. We put team before self, results before ego.

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Relentless Improvement

We act in small moments with discipline to push for incremental gains. We take risks in big moments to achieve quantum returns.

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