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Updates from Bombardier, Hatch Mott MacDonald, EMD, Gannett Fleming and Schneider National


• Bombardier Transportation recently received a $272 million order to supply an additional 48 Talent 2 trains to Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG. The three- and five-car vehicles, which will run on Berlin-Brandenburg’s transport network and be operated by DB Regio, will be delivered between 2011 and 2012. DB now has ordered 176 Talent trains from Bombardier.

• Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing construction management services for MTA Metro-North Railroad for an $18.9 million design-build project at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The project involves converting an interior space from its previous use as a tennis club to facilities for Metro-North train crews, fire brigade crews and building services staff.

• Electro-Motive Diesel Inc.’s (EMD) facility in LaGrange, Ill., has received the Governor’s Continuous Improvement Award, marking the fourth time the manufacturer and rebuilder of diesel engines and other locomotive components has received the honor. During the “most recent award year,” EMD decreased its annual waste output by 13 percent, according to a prepared statement. EMD was one of 38 Illinois companies and organizations to receive the award, which was presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

• Gannett Fleming recently named Michael McNamara senior associate. Based in the firm’s Valley Forge, Pa., office, McNamara serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems. He has more than 35 years of experience in the design, construction and maintenance of railroads and transit systems, and specializes in train control, traction power and communications systems.

• Schneider National Inc. recently named Derrel Chappell director of wholesale business development for the trucking firm’s intermodal division. He is responsible for Schneider’s relationship with intermodal marketing companies and third-party logistics providers; the development of the company’s wholesale strategy; and growth of “strategic customer relationships,” according to a prepared statement. Chappell, who has more than 40 years of rail-industry experience, most recently served Pacer Stacktrain/APL.

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