A Brief History of UTLX


  • Edwin Drake pioneers drill-in-pipe technique to produce oil from the ground, triggering the start of petroleum industry.


  • The first generation tank car is introduced to transport petroleum products.


  • JD Rockefeller and Henry Flagler establish largest oil refinery, Standard Oil Company.


  • Standard Oil acquires the Star Tank Line fleet for the exclusive use of his petroleum products company.


  • Union Tank Line is formed to operate the Standard Oil Company tank car fleet.


  • The Federal government broke up the Standard Oil Company Trust and Union Tank Line Company became a publicly held corporation.


  • To avoid the inference that Union Tank Line operated a railroad line, the company’s name was changed to Union Tank Car Company.


  • Union Tank Car increases North American footprint through formation of Canadian affiliate, Procor.


  • Union Tank Car Company introduces significant tank car design improvements, eliminating under frames, tank bands, running boards, and expansion domes.


  • Union Tank Car Company begins to build tank cars through partnership with Graver Tank.


  • Union Tank Car Company introduced the Funnel Flow car design, which greatly improved speed and completeness of unloading.


  • TransUnion Corp. is created as the parent holding company of Union Tank Car, Procor, and diverse other businesses.


  • Union Tank Car Company opens its first manufacturing plant in East Chicago, IN. It also begins tank car leasing services in Mexico.


  • Union Tank Car Company introduces mobile tank car repair capabilities.


  • The Marmon Group acquires Union Tank Car Company.


  • Union Tank Car Company increases production capacity by 30% with the purchase of a manufacturing plant in Sheldon, TX.


  • Union Tank Car Company pioneers an on-line customer portal, Link-Net, to facilitate leasing activities.


  • Union Tank Car Company opens a new, state-of-the-art, tank car manufacturing plant in Alexandria, LA, significantly expanding production capacity.


  • Berkshire Hathaway purchased the Marmon Group, which included Union Tank Car Company.


  • Union Tank Car Company, along with affiliate Procor, Ltd., acquire 25,000 tank cars and five fixed repair shops from GE Capital Railcar Services, increasing leased asset portfolio by 20% and repair shop network by 15%.


  • Union Tank Car Company is first in industry to introduce modified tank car design to conform with latest regulations governing the transport of certain flammable liquids.


  • Upgrades and modernization to the Texarkana, AR facility create the largest full-service repair shop in Union Tank Car Company's shop network.


  • Union Tank Car Company continues to be a leader in tank car manufacturing, leasing and repair. Our management and employees look forward to the next 100 years of providing the best in product and service.