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Updates from Knichel Logistics, Faiveley Transport, RailComm and Union Switch & Signal

Personnel moves, new business and awards continue to dot the rail-supply industry landscape:

• Knichel Logistics announced Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William Knichel has stepped down. Although he will remain CEO, his duties have been transferred to President Kristy Knichel. The company — which manages over-the-road, less than truckload, intermodal and rail shipments — also promoted JR Knichel to vice president and Jonathon Krystek, to VP of operations. In addition, the firm appointed Sheila Weatherly rate manager to succeed Krystek.

• Faiveley Transport USA won an order from Bombardier Transportation for 160 car sets of door equipment associated with an Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) contract — Faiveley's largest-ever door systems order. Faiveley previously supplied more than 200 car sets of multi-level door systems to Bombardier as part of New Jersey Transit contracts. Bombardier is supplying 160 multi-level cars to AMT per a contract obtained in late 2007.

• RailComm Inc. will provide automation and wireless remote-control functions at multiple switch locations within BNSF Railway Co.'s Murray Yard in Kansas City, Mo. Switches will be controlled by RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system, which will provide a graphical layout of the yard to enable an operator to monitor and control various field locations. The DOC system can be expanded to include additional switch locations or other field devices.

• Union Switch & Signal Inc. (US&S) Chief Information Officer Stacey Fedorka recently was named the 2008 CIO of the Year (enterprise category) by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The award recognizes Fedorka's leadership in planning and deploying enterprise systems, and establishing a culture of creativity and service in her department, US&S said. Fedorka was the driving force behind a successful on-time and on-budget implementation of SAP, and created a new department — Business Systems Analysis — within US&S's information technology organizational structure, the company said.

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