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Updates from Alstom, Mitsubishi Electric, Banyan Rail, ARCADIS, International Fuel and G.W. Peoples


• Alstom won a contract from LK Comstock Co. Inc. to design and supply interlocking and signaling equipment for MTA New York City Transit on its Flushing line. The $43 million contract covers the renovation and modification of signaling to operate with a communications-based train control system. The work will be performed over a six-and-a-half-year period.

• Mitsubishi Electric Corp. received a $45.8 million order for electric equipment to be used in rail cars operated by Brazil’s Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, the Sao Paulo metropolitan train company. Delivery will begin in January 2011.

• Banyan Rail Services Inc.’s shareholders re-elected each of the company’s four directors at its annual meeting July 1. Paul Dennis, Gary Marino, Bennett Marks and Donald Redfearn will again serve one-year terms. Shareholders also approved the adoption of a stock option award plan and approved the appointment of Daszkal Bolton L.L.P as independent accountants.

• International design, consulting, engineering and management services company ARCADIS named Michael Rennard senior vice president for the Infrastructure North Region Practice Operations Manager for Transportation. He has more than 35 years experience in the transportation and operations industry.

• International Fuel Technology Inc. (IFT) announced the United Kingdom's East Midlands Trains will continue using DiesoLiFT 10 in its light-rail, diesel multiple unit (DMU) operations. East Midlands Trains recently completed an in-service field test using DMUs. The demonstration showed that DiesoLiFT 10 provided a 4.4 percent improvement in fuel economy, IFT officials said in a prepared statement.

• G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc. named Ralph Golick senior vice president. He has served G.W. Peoples for three years and has 39 years of railroad construction experience, including stints at Delta Railroad Construction and Balfour Beatty Rail. The company also appointed William Frey vice president of operations. He most recently served G.W. Peoples as Pennsylvania regional manager and operations manager.

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