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Vardis Supports Relam and Paceline Equity

Vardis Proud To Support Relam Appointing John Roberts As the New CEO


John Roberts CEO of Relam

R.E.L.A.M., Inc., is a leading lessor of railroad maintenance-of-way (“MOW”) equipment.  The Company is headquartered outside of Cleveland, OH, and provides its customers with a comprehensive set of MOW solutions, including an expansive equipment fleet used to maintain critical railroad infrastructure along with complementary track maintenance services. R.E.L.A.M was acquired in July 2020 by Paceline Equity, a private equity investor based in Dallas, TX.  The Company will operate together with 1435 Rail, Inc., a lessor of railroad MOW equipment, which was acquired by Paceline in December 2019.

As part of the transaction, rail industry veteran John Roberts will serve as R.E.L.A.M.’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Roberts most recently served as President of Marmon Crane, a Berkshire Hathaway owned company, and prior to that spent over twenty years at Railserve, North America’s largest provider of in-plant railway services.

Roberts said “I am excited about the partnership with the Paceline team and I share their enthusiasm for the numerous benefits this transaction will bring to the Company’s customers, employees, and suppliers – most important of which is building on the unparalleled customer service that R.E.L.A.M. strives to provide.”

Paceline is a Dallas-based private equity manager focused on value-oriented, opportunistic, and special situations investments across corporate credit, real assets, and private equity. Paceline’s senior leadership team members average 20 years of professional experience. Prior to the formation of Paceline, the senior leadership team worked together for approximately 10 years at a global private equity manager and its affiliates

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