Greenbrier to Provide GE's Rail Services Business With 11,900 New Railcars Over 8 Years; Railcars to Include GE Fleet Management Technology

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Greenbrier
 Companies (NYSE:   GBX) and the Rail Services division of GE Equipment
 Services today announced an agreement under which Greenbrier will
 manufacture 11,900 tank cars and covered hopper cars for Rail Services over
 an eight-year period. As part of the agreement, Greenbrier will install
 GE's proprietary VeriWise(TM) RAIL fleet management technology on the
 railcars during the manufacturing process.
     The majority of the railcars will be tank cars, and the agreement marks
 Greenbrier's entry into the tank car manufacturing market in North America.
 Initially, Greenbrier will produce 30,000-gallon non-coiled, non-insulated
 tank cars, which are used to transport ethanol, methanol and more than 60
 other commodities. Greenbrier plans to develop and produce other
 general-purpose tank cars in coming years. The agreement provides for
 flexibility in car type mix to meet future market needs and fluctuations.
     Under the agreement, delivery of the first 3,400 railcars is expected
 to commence in the third calendar quarter of 2008, with completion expected
 by the first half of calendar 2011. Deliveries beyond this first group of
 railcars are subject to fulfillment of certain competitive conditions.
     GE's VeriWise RAIL solution generates information about a railcar's
 location and the environmental conditions inside it for customers, who can
 use the information to enhance safety and security, improve shipment
 delivery cycles and increase the productivity of their fleet operations.
     William A. Furman, president and chief executive officer of Greenbrier,
 said, "We are gratified at the confidence GE Rail Services, the largest
 operating lessor in North America, has placed in us by selecting Greenbrier
 to supply its new freight car needs. Our recently formed joint venture
 facility, Greenbrier-GIMSA, is expected to provide low capital cost access
 to competitive tank car production. This facility also has additional space
 to expand production further, once we have ramped up tank car production,
 should market conditions support it. We intend to capitalize both on our
 prior experience in building tank cars in Europe and Canada and on GE Rail
 Services' vast knowledge of tank cars, to help ensure the smooth start-up
 of this new product line."
     Jay Wileman, president and chief executive officer of GE Equipment
 Services, Rail Services, said "GE is excited about the opportunity to build
 our cutting-edge asset intelligence technology into railcars with such a
 high-quality railcar builder. We look forward to working with Greenbrier."
     About Greenbrier
     Greenbrier (http://www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon,
 is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the
 railroad industry. The Company builds new railroad freight cars in its
 three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at
 its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and
 provides wheels and railcar parts at 35 locations across North America.
 Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars
 for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various
 subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately
 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 136,000
 railcars.
     About GE Equipment Services
     GE's Equipment Services business is a global provider of transport
 solutions for the world's supply chains. Offering a full range of equipment
 leasing and intelligence-based asset management and logistics services for
 manufacturers, retailers, and shippers, Equipment Services enables the
 timely movement of raw material and cargo for the global economy.
     Its Rail Services unit, headquartered in Chicago, is a provider for all
 aspects of railcar and intermodal fleet management. The unit provides a
 range of flexible leasing products as well as a full suite of services,
 including Maintenance MAX(R), VeriWise RAIL and VeriWise INTERMODAL asset
 intelligence, and the Repair Solutions Program. Offering one of the most
 diverse fleets in the industry, Rail Services leases approximately 165,000
 railroad cars and 120,000 intermodal trailers, containers and chassis to
 shippers and railroads in diverse markets across North America. For further
 information, visit http://www.ge.com/railservices/
     "SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM
 ACT OF 1995: This release may contain forward-looking statements.
 Greenbrier uses words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect,"
 "future," "intend" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking
 statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks
 and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause
 such a difference include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in demand
 for newly manufactured railcars or failure to obtain orders as anticipated
 in developing forecasts; actual future costs and the availability of
 materials and a trained workforce; steel price increases and scrap
 surcharges; changes in product mix and the mix between segments; labor
 disputes, energy shortages or operating difficulties that might disrupt
 manufacturing operations or the flow of cargo; production difficulties and
 product delivery delays as a result of, among other matters, changing
 technologies or non-performance of subcontractors or suppliers; ability to
 obtain suitable contracts for the sale of leased equipment; all as may be
 discussed in more detail under the headings "Risk Factors" on page 8 of
 Part I , Item 1a and "Forward Looking Statements" on page 25 of Part II of
 our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2006.
 Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
 statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof.
 We undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any
 revision to these forward-looking statements.
 
 

SOURCE The Greenbrier Companies

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