100 Years of Gunderson: Celebrating a Century in Oregon



February 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of continuous operation at Gunderson, Greenbrier’s flagship manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon. What started out as a one-man operation has grown into a multi-billion dollar company with over 1,000 Oregon employees designing and building railcars and barges for global distribution.

Did you know…?

  • Gunderson produced its first barge after 32 years of existence, and its first railcar after 41 years
  • Gunderson contributed steel parts to the Morrison Bridge construction in 1957
  • Gunderson was the first to pioneer the modern day double-stack intermodal well car
  • Gunderson still has the largest side-launch ways on the West Coast
  • For a more detailed depiction of Gunderson’s history in Portland, visit our Gunderson 100 page


Left: Gunderson’s shop interior in the ‘50s   

Middle: Gunderson facilitated the final stages for Raymond Kaskey’s Portlandia statue in 1985

Right: Early marine construction: Gunderson built lifeboats and Landing Craft Mechanized boats (LCMs) during WWII 

Chances to celebrate Gunderson’s Centennial Year:

  • Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to see an exhibit dedicated to Gunderson’s historical and modern-day presence in Portland, opening February 21.
  • Keep an eye out for our float at the Grand Floral Parade on June 8. Gunderson employees have been hard at work designing a float to commemorate the last 100 years!
  • Check out our social media pages for day to day updates on #Gunderson100
  • More to come!