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Updates from URS, TKDA, Interfleet Technology, RAIL.ONE, Kelso Technologies and All Track

• URS Corp. has acquired LopezGarcia Inc., an engineering firm in Texas. LopezGarcia's office in Dallas-Fort Worth will complement URS' operations in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, URS said. LopezGarcia provides engineering, environmental planning and construction management services for transit systems, highways, airports and public buildings.

• Engineering firm TKDA has acquired ECMC Services Inc., an aviation fueling system design firm. The acquisition expands TKDA's services for aviation and other fuel-dependent clients. In addition to aviation, TKDA provides engineering and design services to the rail, surface transportation, municipal, industrial, education, and sports and recreation industries.

• International rail consultancy Interfleet Technology has named Phil Bentley senior consultant. He will join Interfleet's newly opened Edinburgh, Scotland office. Bentley has more than 30 years' experience in the rail industry, including various posts at Bombardier Transportation, Serco and British Rail. Interfleet provides consulting services on railway systems, traction and rolling stock, and rail infrastructure.

• RAIL.ONE's RHEDA 2000® ballastless track system will be used during construction of the Leipzig, Germany, City Tunnel project. The entire 2.5-mile permanent way in the heavy-rail line tunnel will be equipped with the system. RAIL.ONE expects to deliver the system in 2009 or 2010. The city of Leipzig, German state of Saxony and Deutsche Bahn AG are developing City Tunnel.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. has appointed Carolina Seal Inc. and Virginia Sealing Products Inc. as exclusive seal suppliers for its tank-car safety valves. The companies offer a full range of products and can provide valve customers flexibility when selecting sealing materials, Kelso said. Kelso provides pressure-relief valves and the Manway Securement System.

• All Track Inc. won a $42,554 contract from the Ports of Indiana Commission to rehabilitate a rail line at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon.

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