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Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Updates from Boatright Enterprises, SKF, US&S, RailComm and STV


The rail industry supplier/service provider world continues to spin:

• Boatright Enterprises Inc. has acquired Seaman Timber Co. Inc., which produces pressure-treated wood products, including ties. The acquisition strengthens Boatright's position in providing treated tie and timber sales and services to the rail industry, the company said. Seaman Timber owner Janet Seaman will serve Boatright as an ambassador, representing the company at rail and forestry industry trade associations. Boatright and its subsidiaries own and operate the St. Marys Railroad, provide weed and brush control services, produce and maintain hi-rail trucks and rail gear, manage a rail-car fleet and perform car repairs.

• SKF signed an investment agreement with Russia's Tver Region Administration to build a bearing manufacturing plant for railway wheel sets in Tver. Construction is expected to start soon and conclude in January 2010. The plant will supply bearings to the Russian Railways, which is transitioning from conventional axle box-mounted roller bearings to sealed tapered roller bearings.

• Union Switch & Signal Inc. (US&S) has appointed Stacey Fedorka to the newly created position of chief information officer and vice president of information technology. She most recently was director of information technology. Fedorka previously served US&S in various capacities, including director of business process improvement and director of corporate services.

• Alton & Southern Railroad will expand an existing RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System supplied by RailComm Inc. by adding 14 remote-controlled, solar-powered switches at the bowl and crest sections of its yard. The 14 switches will eliminate hand-throw switches. The railroad also will establish a point-to-multipoint wireless data communications network using RailComm's RADiANT™ Data Radio technology.

• Engineering and construction management firm STV Inc. has named Eugene Kim western region planning manager in the Transportation and Infrastructure Division; promoted Steven Scalici to the division's traffic planning and analysis manager; and promoted Molly MacQueen to the division's senior associate and environmental planning manager. Kim has more than 12 years experience in transportation planning, and transit system design and performance. Scalici will continue to manage all pedestrian and traffic flow studies for the design of the new PATH intermodal rail hub in lower Manhattan, N.Y., and serve as principal transportation analyst for other projects. MacQueen will continue to serve as project manager for New York City's lower concourse rezoning environmental work and manage other projects.