About Us

Timely, customized service!

The size of our company affords Genesee Valley the flexibility to handle requests of any scale. We’re always refining our operations to ensure that each customer reaps the competitive advantages of shipping via train.

The story of Genesee Valley Transportation Company is nothing less than a slice of the American dream. The current ownership group was among five individuals that formed the original company with the purchase of secondhand locomotives for leasing out to the plethora of short line and regional rail operations that sprang up following the 1980 deregulation of the industry by the federal government.

When the first opportunity arose for the founders to acquire and operate a railroad, the leases for GVT’s locomotives were called back and the engines brought to Buffalo, where the Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad (DLWR) had just been formed. The company’s headquarters were set up in Batavia, NY and though the address has changed, we still call the Genesee County seat our home.

Successes on the DLWR lead to the acquisition and revitalization of Adirondack paper and forest-products railroads starting in 1991, with the acquisitions of the Lowville & Beaver Railroad and formation of the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern (MHWA).

In 1993, a successful bid process saw GVT Rail selected as operator of what became the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, from Scranton, up and back down the Pocono Mountains to the iconic Delaware Water Gap. GVT Rail’s style of successful, sustainable business development has taken this publicly-owned rail property from 1,500 rail cars hauled in 1993 to just shy of 10,000 in 2019. This legacy of constant growth has allowed GVT Rail to be continually renewed as freight rail operator for the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, owner and managing entity of the track itself.

Strategic acquisitions continued through the nineties, with GVT adding rail properties in Utica, Rome and Batavia, all of which form the backbone of terminal switching operations and our 3T (transload) Service facilities.

As generational change effects small businesses worldwide, succession planning has moved to the forefront of GVT Rail. We’re bringing in a new wave of thinkers, doers and leaders to shape the direction of our company. It’s fresh-perspectives meshing with proven-successes, and it’s the formula we’re using to better serve our existing customer base and identify strategic growth opportunities to come.

MEET OUR DEDICATED TEAM

Director of Transportation Genesee Valley Transportation
Don Colangelo

Vice President of Mechanical Services & Chief Mechanical Officer

570.343.4580

System Manager Of Rules Genesee Valley Transportation
Peter Nicholas

System Manager of Rules

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Matthew Schramm

Customer Service/Yard Master (DL)

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Customer Service Genesee Valley Transformation
Amber Williams

Customer Service

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Director of Transportation Genesee Valley Transformation
Dan Finucane

Director of Transportation

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Director of System Operations Genesee Valley Transportation
Chris Henrici

Director of Operations & Projects

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​Superintendent Genesee Valley Transformation
Larry Zablonski

​Superintendent (FRR, DLWR)

585.343.5398

Superintendent (MHWA) - Jeff Collins
JEFF COLLINS

Superintendent (MHWA)

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President

David Monte Verde

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Vice President of Operations

Greg Cheshier

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Director of Business Development

David Blount

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Business Development Manager

Matt Wasilewski

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Director of Operations & Projects

Chris Henrici

716.474.3647

Director of Transportation

Dan Finucane

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Senior Director of Strategic Planning

C.D. (Charlie) Monte Verde

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VP Business Division/Acquisitions

Michael Thomas

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Secretary & General Counsel

John Herbrand

610.213.6725


Customer Service

Kaye Brown

585.343.5398

Dispatcher (DL)

Amy Sturdevant

570.343.4580

Customer Service

Amber Williams

585.343.5398

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Pam Mullen

585.343.1479

Accounting Manager

Jan Armitage

585.343.1479


Superintendent (DL)

Lorie Ransom

570.343.4580

System Manager Of Rules

Pete Nicholas

570.343.4580

Superintendent (MHWA)

Jeff Collins

315.534.2485

Superintendent (FRR, DLWR)

Larry Zablonski

716.474.3390