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Updates from Timken, Super Steel, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso Technologies, Siemens, EnerTeck and Southwest Signal Engineering


• The Timken Co. won a $16 million order to supply Timken® AP™ Class E bearings to the Indian Railways for passenger and freight trains. During the past 20 years, Timken has supplied bearings for India's rail system. The pre-assembled and pre-lubricated Timken AP bearings are designed to reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency.

• Super Steel Products Corp. announced plans to close its Glenville, N.Y., plant in April. Layoffs, which are expected to total 175, will begin in January. A “dramatic downturn” in the national and global and economies, and “steep decline” in orders prompted the plant closure, the company said. Super Steel produces shells for and assembles passenger and freight cars.

• Bombardier Transportation obtained an eight-year, $101 million contract from the city and county of San Francisco to operate and maintain an Automated People Mover (APM) system at San Francisco International Airport. Bombardier has operated and maintained the “SFO AirTrain” system since it opened in 2003. The two-line APM system operates 24 hours a day, features a fleet of 38 CX-100 vehicles and serves nine stations along six miles of elevated guideway.

• Alstom received an order from Ireland’s Railway Procurement agency (RPA) for eight more Citadis trams for Dublin’s light-rail system. RPA exercised an option in a March 2007 contract. So far, Alstom has supplied 40 trams for the Red and Green lines, and is building another 18 trams at its La Rochelle, France, plant, where the additional eight units also will be manufactured. RPA expects to operate 66 of the trams by early 2010. Alstom also maintains the trams and light-rail infrastructure.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. announced that all four major tank-car builders have approved the Kelso safety valve for installation on their cars. The Kelso pressure-relief valve is approved for use on general purpose, non-pressure tank cars built by the four companies. Kelso’s external pressure-relief valve line covers 75 psi and 165 psi applications with high flow rates.

• Siemens Mobility announced Friedrich Smaxwil has assumed responsibility for Siemens Transportation Systems (STS) France in addition to his duties as head of global accounts and industrial relations. He succeeds Didier Roussel, who recently left the company. Smaxwil also has served as chairman of STS France’s supervisory board since 2003. Philippe Carli, head of Siemens’ regional firm in France, now will assume the chairmanship.

• Beginning Dec. 15, EnerTeck Corp. subsidiary EnerTeck Chemical Corp. will begin working jointly with a major U.S. Class I to conduct a performance demonstration of EnerBurn® for the rail industry. A catalytic engine treatment for diesel engines, EnerBurn is designed to reduce fuel usage, and provide environmental and other benefits.

• Southwest Signal Engineering Co. has appointed Gary Kujala senior vice president and chief operating officer. He has 32 years of experience in communications and signal engineering with CSX Transportation and Conrail.

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