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Updates from New York Air Brake, JMA Railroad Supply, A. Stucki, Orgo-Thermit and Alliance Shippers

• New York Air Brake received an order from BNSF Railway Co. for 73 CCB II brake controls. CCB II is a microcomputer-based system designed to provide full automatic and independent brake control for mainline locomotives. Its network-based design “permits faster response,” and its self-diagnostic routines and line-replaceable unit approach reduce maintenance costs, according to a prepared statement.

• JMA Railroad Supply Co. signed a long-term agreement with Heyl & Patterson Inc. to supply the company’s products to the railroad industry. Heyl & Patterson manufactures the CUB™, a rail-car and locomotive moving device. Utilizing a steel runway that is bolted to the ties adjacent to rail, the CUB is an electromechanical machine that can move up to 13 rail cars at a time, according to a prepared statement.

• A. Stucki Co. named Robert (Butch) Brest executive vice president. Brest, who “brings with him many years of operations management experience in various areas of the rail industry,” will be based in A. Stucki’s offices in Chicago Heights, Ill., according to a prepared statement.

• Orgo-Thermit Inc. appointed Ronsco Inc. as the company’s exclusive distributor in Canada.

• Alliance Shippers Inc. named Michael Kaplan vice president for the Ohio Valley region. Most recently, he worked with Pacer Stacktrain in suburban Chicago, where his duties included business development and sales.

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