• Siemens has obtained a $128.7 million contract from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to supply signaling equipment and an operations control center. The contract is the largest for signaling equipment ever awarded in South Africa, according to a Siemens press release. The contract calls for 15 Sicas S7 electronic interlockings for Johannesburg Park Station, one of Africa’s busiest railway stations. The project is slated for completion in 2016.
• The Ontario government has awarded Global Railway Industries Ltd. subsidiary CAD Railway Industries Ltd. a contract to refurbish Metrolinx’s passenger-rail cars. The company anticipates the contract to be finalized before July 11, CAD officials said in a prepared statement.
• Orgo-Thermit Inc. plans to launch a new technical services division, company officials announced in a prepared statement. Product offerings will include crane weld services, Thermit® weld rental equipment, nondestructive rail weld tests, weld failure analysis, chemical analysis, destructive testing of welds, consulting and training programs. In addition, Michelle Morse has rejoined the company as technical assistant of quality assurance and research and development.
• Axion International’s I-beam design aspect of its recycled structural composite technology has received R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Award, which is presented annually to 100 of the world’s top technologies, according to Axion. The I-beam design was used in the construction of recycled plastic bridges for the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C.
• The Timken Co. has named James Skelly director of sales for the Americas. He will oversee the sales team in North and South America, which is focused on sales to original-equipment manufacturers in the off-highway, heavy truck, process industries and health and positioning control markets. Brett Holst will remain sales manager for Timken’s rail business in North America.