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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from L.B. Foster, Union Switch & Signal, Pacer and SEKO

International business and domestic appointments dominate the latest rail industry supplier/service provider developments:

• L.B. Foster Co. has named Kevin Haugh vice president and general manager-concrete products and president of subsidiary CXT® Inc. He will direct the company's CXT Concrete Ties and CXT Concrete Buildings businesses. Haugh most recently was senior VP-rail services for Savage Services Corp., which acquired CANAC. He previously served CANAC as executive VP and chief commercial officer. Prior to CANAC, Haugh served stints as EVP of marketing and sales for Rail Switching Services Inc. (later, The Railserve Cos.), EVP for Midwest Railroad Construction and manager of terminal operations for Union Pacific Railroad.

• Union Switch & Signal Inc. (US&S) has won two contracts totaling $22 million for the extension of the Shanghai Line 2 heavy-rail metro system east to Pudong International Airport and west to link with an existing Hongqiao airport system. The east extension project calls for adding 11 stations and 32 trains, and west extension calls for adding three stations. US&S will supply its AF-900 profile-based Automatic Train Control (ATC) system for signaling and train control. The ATC system provides automatic train protection, automatic train operation and automatic train supervision functions. US&S has formed a consortium with Shanghai Railway Communication Equipment Factory to manufacture the bulk of US&S' wayside and carborne equipment under a technology license agreement.

• Pacer International Inc. has appointed Dan Avramovich president of retail intermodal services; Adriene Bailey, president of wholesale intermodal services; Val Noel, executive vice president of street operations; Doug Matthew, EVP of network logistics; and Brian Kane, senior VP of corporate finance. Avramovich previously held various executive positions with Kansas City Southern and Exel Logistics, and Bailey has more than 20 years of rail and intermodal industry experience. Noel is president of Pacer Cartage and will serve in both roles; Matthew has served Pacer the past nine years; and Kane most recently led Pacer's retail intermodal operations team.

• Transportation and logistics service provider SEKO has opened an office in Qatar in the Middle East. The company also named Jesse Hurtado strategic client sales director in the Phoenix office. He will be responsible for key global accounts and SEKO stations in the West. Hurtado most recently was vice president of national accounts, U.S. and Mexico, for Mach 1 Air Services.

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