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Piper succeeds Glynn as Alaska Railroad's COO; Streat joins Watco as shop safety manager


The Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) recently named Ernie Piper vice president of operations and chief operating officer to succeed Matt Glynn, who resigned.

Piper previously served ARRC from 1998 until late 2007, when he left the railroad and became a rail industry consultant, primarily for Amtrak. His prior ARRC positions include director of public affairs, assistant VP of health, safety and environment, AVP of mechanical, and AVP of safety and operations.

An independent corporation owned by the state of Alaska, the 651-mile ARRC provides freight- and passenger-rail services between the Gulf of Alaska and Fairbanks.

Meanwhile, the Watco Cos. Inc. named John Streat Jr. safety and environmental manager for its Fitzgerald, Ga., mechanical shop. He will be responsible for the shop's overall safety program.

Streat most recently held various sales positions with Pace American. He previously was safety coordinator for Elixir Industries.

Watco owns 17 short lines operating in 15 states; operates various industrial switching operations, locomotive shops and rail-car repair facilities; and provides transloading services through subsidiary Reload Inc.

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