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11/12/2007    Supplier Spotlight



Rail News: Mechanical

Latest updates from Miner Enterprises, NREC, Duos Technologies, Railpower, Kelso Technologies and others




Seven rail industry suppliers and service providers have recent news to share, running the gamut from railroad contracts to financial transactions to appointments.

• Miner Enterprises Inc. has filled a multi-million-dollar order from Union Pacific Railroad by outfitting 150 of the Class I's ballast cars with Aggregate® remote-controlled, solar-powered ballast discharge outlets. The electric ballast system features remote-control door openers and retractable ballast plows designed to spread ballast off track as the material is discharged from the Aggregate outlets.

• National Railway Equipment Co. (NREC) reported that the Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad has reduced fuel usage by 40 percent since the short line began operating two of NREC's N-Viromotive™ GenSet switchers in summer. Owned by RailAmerica Inc., the railroad purchased the 1,400-horsepower locomotives from NREC earlier this year.

• Aboriginal Cogeneration Corp. (ACC) reached an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway to convert scrap crossties into usable energy through a gasification process. Beginning next year, used ties will be converted into a combustible gas that can power an electrical generator. In spring 2008, ACC plans to open its first gasification plant in Ashcroft, British Columbia. The plant will handle 250,000 scrap ties annually.

• Railpower Technologies Corp. said the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan will invest $35 million in Railpower, which manufactures environmentally friendly locomotives. The private placement is expected to close in early January pending shareholder approval.

• Duos Technologies Inc. obtained a $380,000 contract from an undisclosed Class I to deploy its Collision Alert Monitoring and Impact Analysis system (CAMIA™) on a railroad bridge. CAMIA features a bank of vibration and acceleration sensors to detect impacts along a bridge's structure, and cameras to record bridge events.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. named Neil Gambow Jr. president of Kelso Technologies (USA) Inc. He most recently served as president of Midland Manufacturing Co., which produces tank-car valves and valve-related products. Kelso Technologies manufactures a line of pressure-relief valves for tank cars.

• Circumference America Inc. (CAI) appointed Greg Harrison vice president of sales for intermodal subsidiary Radius Rail Logistics L.L.C. He spent the past eight years at CSX Intermodal in various management and operating positions, including inside sales manager. CAI provides truckload, less-than-truckload, expedited and intermodal transportation services.




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