Our roots began in 1928 when Fred H. Sasser founded Central West Refrigerator Despatch (CRDX). The following year, the Great Depression plunged the global economy into chaos. But, Mr. Sasser persevered. He took the necessary steps to protect and enhance his business. Today, his spirit guides our approach. When you entrust CF Rail Services to repair your railcars, it's our responsibility to leave them in better condition than they were when they came to us. That is our purpose.


Our Vision

A world playing the long game, not the end game. We're driven less by what we need to do and more by what we want to become.

Our Mission

To help people be efficient with the machines that move our world.

Our approach to safety is “Zero Today,” which describes our goal of zero injuries, zero defects, and zero environmental issues. We strive to achieve this by focusing on each detail of each task, one task at a time, one day at a time.

Our Values


Uncompromising Integrity

We show respect, hold ourselves accountable, and say what we mean everywhere, every time.


Remarkable Customer Service

It’s what we really sell, and it’s the key to creating long-term partnerships.


High-Performing Teams

We succeed or fail together. We put team before self, results before ego.


Relentless Improvement

We act in small moments with discipline to push for incremental gains. We take risks in big moments to achieve quantum returns.

Our History

CF Rail Services traces its roots back to 1928, when an entrepreneur named Fred H. Sasser started his business providing railcar service to farms along the Illinois Northern Railway. The company that would eventually grow out of this business, Sasser Family Holdings, provides us with the values, stability, resources, and support that allow us to invest in better ways to improve our operations – ultimately, delivering greater value to your business.

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Our Leadership Team

James Allen


Erick Spicher


Jensen Jones


Mike Brom


Gerard Bohling

Quality Assurance

Chuck Zekis


Jerry Bohacik

Business Optimization
Lauren Zielinski

Lauren Zielinski


our focus


What We Do: Assets

We are a group of companies specializing in transportation asset leasing services and management.

How We Do It: People

We unleash the power of family by bringing our extended family values to work every day.

Why We Matter: Stewardship

Our commitment to stewardship enriches the lives around us.

How Can We Help?

We have the experience and knowhow to simplify the railcar repair process and provide unmatched service and value. 

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