Tom DeLafosse


Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Compliance

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AWS-CWI for 16 years, American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified quality auditor, cert #45448,AAR trained.


Tom's Bio:

Prior to joining Salco Tom spent 20 years at Union Tank Car, 7 years in new car manufacturing and 13 years in fleet repair engineering. Tom started at AllTranstek with Andy Schaffer in October of 1998 and worked there for 16 years. After leaving AllTranstek Tom joined Watco with Jim Rader to start a technical consulting group with offering outside consulting services as well as supporting the Watco shop network of repair facilities.

Salco History/Background:

Joined the Salco team in September of 2016. 44 years of RCG experience.

Consultant Specialties:

  • Regulatory training.
  • Compliance training of all types.
  • Development of quality assurance programs.
  • Performing internal auditing.


Benefits of Consulting Services:

Certain tank car activities require companies to hold various facility certifications through the Association of American Railroads, (AAR). The Federal Railroad Administration, (FRA), also audits facilities that perform tank car functions that fall under the requirements of 49 CFR 1797. Part of the facility certification process is developing and maintaining a quality assurance program that meets AAR's Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, (MSRP), Section J, Specification for Quality, and technical certification to MSRP, Section C-III Tank Car Manual. Salco products provides nondestructive testing Level III services, provides training and internal auditing services all with the goal in mind to maintain compliance to industry and federal regulations. We also provide welding and metallurgical services, along with expert witness litigation support.

Companies Salco's RCG has provided counsel to:

American Railcar Industries        Baier Marine        Caltrex        Central Main and Quebec        Chemtrade        Continental Rail Services        Curry Rail      Eastlake Chemicals        EMS        ExxonMobil        Foradora Welding        Freedom Rail        Huntsman Chemical        Ingredion        LyondellBasell        Occidental Chemical        Quala        Mississippi Export Railroad        Rubber Lining Specialists        Transrail Innovation Group        The Andersons        Petrolem Services Corp.        Vagonmash        Protran-HARSCO        Runyon Industries        Axiall/Westlake        Imerys        Greenbrier        Ineos        Kamin        Residco        Element Financial        Nova Chemical        Trinity Industries        Arkema        Baker Hughes        Braskem America        Dupont        EOG        GBW        Chemours        Jones Hamilton        Koch Rail        Midwest AgEnergy        Blue Flint Ethanol        Red Trail Energy        Dakota Spirit Energy        NOVA Chemical        Tidal Energy        Taylor-Wharton America        Watco        UTLX        BP        Motiva        Global Partners        Foradora        C IT        Oertel Metal Works        Oxy Chemicals        Procor        SPSI        Tank Lining of Paris        Vermont Railway         Universal Motion Components             Fluence Energy        American Chemical Society        Union Tank Car        Applied Materials Technologies Inc  

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