Chicago Freight Car’s roots date back to 1928, when an entrepreneur named Fred H. Sasser started a business in Chicago. It was called Central West Refrigerator Despatch and provided railcar service to farms along the Illinois Northern Railway. Central West Refrigerator Despatch grew and Fred’s son Robert helped expand the business after returning from WWII, rebranding it to Chicago Freight Car. Today, Chicago Freight Car is a core business in the Sasser family of companies. As Sasser has grown, the high-touch, personal service that Fred exemplified remains an essential part of Chicago Freight Car. The commitment to being there for our customers and the values that personified our business back then continues today. Together, with Sasser, we can dream bigger, do better, and help our customers realize more opportunities now and into the future.