Watco Companies, LLC is a Pittsburg, Kansas based transportation company providing transportation, terminal and port, supply chain and mechanical solutions for Customers throughout North America and Australia. Watco is the owner of Watco Transportation Services, LLC, one of the largest short-line railroad holding companies in the U.S. with 38 short line railroads operating on more than 5,100 miles of track, as well as 31 industrial contract switching locations.
The Terminal and Port Services division currently manages more than 87 terminals. Watco Companies is a 50/50 joint venture partner with The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., in GBW Railcar Services, LLC. GBW repairs and refurbishes freight cars at 31 locations across North America, including tank car repair and maintenance facilities certified by the Association of American Railroads.
Watco Companies got its start in 1983 when Charles R. "Dick" Webb purchased an industrial switching operation in DeRidder, Louisiana. Watco is proud to say it still provides service to this Customer. Two years after the start of switching operations, Webb opened a railcar repair shop in Coffeyville, Kansas. He secured a contract to repair rail cars of the coal trains traveling from the Wyoming coal fields to the southern power plants.