Featured Employer: RELCO Locomotives


(Starting in July IowaWORKS-Southern Iowa will have a Featured Employer each month.  This will include information on the company on display at IowaWORKS-Southern Iowa, social media content on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIN profiles, and blog posts about the employer.)

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RELCO Locomotives was founded in 1961 by George Bachman to lease quality locomotives to railroads and industrial companies throughout the Midwest.  The Albia facility opened in 2005. For over fifty years RELCO has provided total locomotives solutions to railroads, transit agencies, OEM’s, industrial companies, and government agencies throughout North America.


Blog Picture 2The RELCO Locomotives facility in Albia builds brand new locomotives from the ground up, remanufactures locomotives to meet new standards, and repairs locomotives.  RELCO uses an “open architecture” approach with industry standard components that help the customer maintain their locomotives at a lower cost.

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  • New Locomotive Manufacturing
  • Locomotive Painting
  • Maintenance
  • Technology Upgrades
  • Engine Remanufacturing
  • Component Sales
  • Full Service Intraplant Switching
  • 92 Day and Annual Inspections
  • Operational Training
  • Full Export Capabilities

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On May 16th, a contingent of IowaWORKS staff toured RELCO Locomotives and talked to Office Manager Chelsea Bachman about hiring practices.  Here’s some odds and ends that we discussed during that meeting –

  • They have a weekday and weekend shift. Weekend shift workers make 36 hours per week with a one dollar increase to their rate of pay.
  • When applying to RELCO be sure to highlight your equipment experience on the application Blog Picture 5for consideration.
  • For more information on salary/benefits/bonuses you can refer to this flier that was provided to us.
  • You are asked to provide your own hand tools, though you may own every tool currently required.
  • RELCO will hire individuals with a criminal record on a case-by-case basis depending on the crime. They will require a background check.
  • Most positions at RELCO require a High School Diploma. You must be able to read and write.

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