About Us

Our goal is simple: helping you meet yours. As a family-owned and operated company, Metro East Industries values team work, efficiency and service. With an unmatched commitment to quality second to none in this industry, we are sure to get you back on the track and rolling.

Founded in 1990 by the Ortyl family, MEI initially entered the industry with railcar repair service for railroads, leasing companies and private shippers. Our capability was expanded in 1995 by adding a Locomotive Division that provided repair services, both in the shop and in the field,  This expansion allowed  Metro East Industries to offer an even broader spectrum of services to Class 1 railroads, short line railroads, leasing companies, OEM's and industrial accounts.

As the business progressed, Metro East Industries has continuously upgraded its facilities. Occupying 100 acres in East Saint Louis/Alorton, Illinois, this industry leader has consistently added to and upgraded its two railcar repair shops, its blasting, painting and lining shops, its locomotive shop, locomotive paint shop and scrapping/reclamation area, along with railcar and locomotive storage yards.

After more than 25 years in business, the team has grown to 470 experienced employees, and we are confident our team is the best in the industry. The average employee has 17 years of experience, and we strive to protect each and every one of them. Our safety program involves total employee participation and has kept our team out of harm's way. 

Now a third generation family business, we are committed to serving our customers and our employees. We are confident you will find our values of teamwork, efficiency and top notch customer service present in every aspect of our business.