Founded in 1988, American Railcar Industries specializes in component manufacturing, repair, engineering, consulting and management services for shippers, lessors and railroads. It is one of the leading providers of covered hoppers, tank railcars and freight car parts in North America. Through its subsidiary, Castings, the company produces railcar side frames, bolsters, couplers and yokes. It provides steel and aluminum castings for the rail and nonrail industries. American Railcar Industries' engineering services include new car specification, plant training, fleet analysis, maintenance planning and shop auditing. Its railcar support services include repair bill auditing, data maintenance, mileage management and lease administration. The company also provides tag programming, wreck repair, valve replacement, rebuilding, tank welding and bubble leak testing services. It also operates paint and lining facilities that offer interior and exterior coating services. American Railcar Industries manages the ARI-Industrial Products Group, which offers steel and aluminum casting, computerized numerical control machining, heat treating, welding, grinding, stamping and fabrication services. It manages a fleet of more than 45,000 covered hoppers and tank cars. American Railcar Industries maintains a location in Bude, Miss.