HOTSTART opens new regional sales office; hires new market manager in support of Railroad Market

Apr 4, 2018

Spokane, Wash. – HOTSTART recently opened a new regional office in Merrillville, Indiana focused on providing local sales and technical support for the Railroad Market. HOTSTART is a provider of idle reduction systems for shortlines, Class 1 locomotives, transit, rebuilders and leasing companies. The new office will allow HOTSTART to be centered in the Midwest, East Coast and Canadian networks of shortline railroads that aim to reduce their emissions and idle time during cold weather.

Casey Hall, Market Manager – Railroad, will be joined by Michael Mustradi in the new office location. Mr. Hall has over 12 years of experience in the rail market and has been with HOTSTART since 2015. Mr. Mustradi joined HOTSTART in 2017 with 4 years of rail experience, most recently working for Hadady Corporation.

“HOTSTART has been working with railroads since 1965 to help them reduce their idle time,” said Casey Hall, Market Manager – Railroad for HOTSTART. “This new location in Indiana will help us centralize our sales, training and technical support efforts within the main hubs of railroads running in the United States and Canada. By being closer to the customer, we can respond quicker to their needs and help them optimize operations during cold weather.”

The new office is located at 8915 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. Mr. Hall and Mr. Mustradi can be contacted at

Equipping locomotives with HOTSTART engine heaters allows for the prime mover to stay above 100 °F, allowing for the engine to be shut down in cold weather rather than idle. Eliminating idle time on locomotives reduces engine and starter wear, lowers emissions and saves on diesel fuel costs. Money saved through idle reduction can be used for positive-train-control (PTC) upgrades.