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Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom Transport, Salco Products, Pacer International and Construction Polymers Technologies


• Bombardier Transportation received a $185 million order to deliver 78 double-deck coaches to Israel Railways. Bombardier will manufacture the vehicles at its Gorlitz facility in Germany, as well as in Israel. Additional orders "are foreseen," according to a Bombardier-issued statement.

• In response to "the encouraging market trend in railway infrastructure" — particularly with respect to the automatic train-control segment — Siemens' Mobility Division has expanded its engineering capacities in Zilina, Slovakia, according to a Siemens-issued statement. The division's Rail Automation Business Unit now has "its own department" in the Zilina Engineering Center. In the next five years, the unit will be home to 130 configuration engineers.

• Alstom Transport received an $111.5 million order to supply nine Metropolis trainsets to Sao Paulo's Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos. Alstom will manufacture the eight-car trainsets at its Lapa, Brazil, plant; they'll be delivered by mid-2012.

• Salco Products Inc. is the 2010 recipient of Consona Corp.'s Transformation Award. Salco designs, manufactures, assembles and distributes plastic and metal products used in tank and hopper cars, containers, locomotives, and liquid and dry-bulk containers. Since implementing Consona's enterprise resource planning software with customized ordering processes in 2001, Salco has increased sales by more than 70 percent while reducing staffing levels by 10 percent through attrition; reduced time to generate sales orders and internal sales orders from between three and four days to 30 minutes; and "drastically" reduced the time required to generate purchase orders, according to a Consona-issued statement. The Transformation Award is presented to a Consona customer that "has been able to either reinvent its business or achieve a strong return on investment in a relatively short period of time."

• Pacer International Inc. appointed Michael Killea executive vice president, international logistics. He is responsible for Pacer's International NVOCC and Freight Forwarding groups. Since 2001, Killea had served as Pacer's EVP and general counsel.

• Construction Polymers Technologies Inc. was named as the North American licensee of Sonneville AG's low vibration track (LVT) system.

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