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5/30/2008



Rail News: Logistics

Updates from Axion, U.S. Development, Pacer, Interfleet, Parvus and MHF


Here are the latest developments in the rail supply/service provider industry:

• Axion International obtained an initial purchase order from the Toronto Transit Commission for composite switch ties. The commission operates streetcars, subways, advanced light rapid transit and buses in Toronto. An Analytical Surveys Inc. subsidiary, Axion produces the ties from recycled plastic.

• Ethanol distribution and rail logistics service provider U.S. Development Group L.L.C. has opened the Dallas Fort Worth Rail Terminal L.L.C., an ethanol handling and distribution facility in Arlington, Texas. Served by Union Pacific Railroad, the terminal features a rail terminal with high-speed offloading facility for 84 rail cars, pipeline and truck load operations, and a mass storage center.

• Logistics and freight transportation service provider Pacer International Inc. has completed the blueprinting phase of its SAP information technology (IT) system. Under development since October, the blueprint provides a path for the complete integration of Pacer's business units under a single IT system. Implementation will begin in the second half. Pacer also contracted James Street Associates as its media relations agency.

• International consultant firm Interfleet Technology Inc. named Stephen Noonan director of U.S. operations. He previously was rail and transit services manager for Michael Baker Corp. and an associate principal with Lea + Elliott Inc. Interfleet provides traction and rolling stock, infrastructure and other consulting services to railroads worldwide.

• Parvus Corp. recently marked its 25th anniversary. Founded in Salt Lake City in 1983, the company provides onboard wireless hotspot, network routing, vehicle computing and passenger counter products to transit-rail and bus operators.

• MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. named R. Lane Turner executive vice president of operations. He previously held various transportation and warehousing management positions for NYK Logistics Americas Inc. and C.H. Robinson Co. MHF provides transportation services — including rail — for radioactive, hazardous and non-hazardous waste and materials.


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