TPSC Announces Death of Walter Winzen, Company Founder and CEO
It is with great sadness that we announce that Walter J. Winzen, founder and chief executive officer of TPSC (Transportation Products Sales Company) passed away peacefully at his home on January 19, 2018 due to heart failure.
After serving in the US Army (1962-1964), he attended Washington University, studying Electrical Engineering and Business while concurrently working at McDonald Douglas on the Gemini spacecraft and at Sherwood Medical managing production of their groundbreaking Digecon System. In 1971 he began working in the railroad industry for St. Louis Railway Supply, and over the course of the next three decades, founded three successful companies that continue to operate and serve the railroad industry across North America: Transportation Products Sales Company (TPSC) in 1986; Automated Railroad Maintenance Systems (ARMS) in 1990; and Railroad Battery Services (RBS) in 2006.
TPSC President Sid Bakker issued the following statement on behalf of the companies: “We are saddened by the passing of Walter Winzen, but confident his leadership will live on in all aspects of the business operations, especially his mission to find solutions that advance the rail industry”
Walter contributed heavily to rail industry associations including AREMA, RSI, and RSSI over the past 37 years. He most recently served as President of the RSSI Board of Directors. Walter cherished his many relationships in the rail industry and worked hard to make everyone around him feel important. He was referred to as a friend and an overall genuine person who was filled with experience, advice, praise, humility, kindness, and respect. He is survived by his wife, Debra, seven children and their spouses, and 10 grandchildren.