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Updates from Bombardier, Colo, Wabtec, Alstom, China Information Technology and Parsons


• Bombardier Transportation obtained a contract in Latvia at December's end for the second track construction of the Skrivery-Krustpils' project. Awarded by a consortium of civil works companies led by Skonto Buve for delivery to Latvian Railways, the contract calls for Bombardier to provide its Interflo 200 signaling solutions. This is Bombardier's third major signaling systems contract in Latvia, according to a prepared statement.

• Colo Railroad Builders has promoted Terry Benton from general manager to president of the company’s production division. He will be responsible for managing Colo's new locations in Lubbock and Brownsville, Texas. Benton was promoted to general manager in 2005, while serving as safety and production manager. He also has 30 years of supervisory and management experience at the Iowa Interstate, Lincoln & Southern, and Rock Island railroads; and at Western Railroad Builders, Herzog Construction, Loram Construction, W.A. Smith and Sharp & Fellows Inc.

• Wabtec Corp. acquired Adantech Industria e Comercio de Metal, a Brazilian friction products company. The acquisition further expands Wabtec's presence in Brazil, according to a prepared statement. With annual sales of about $2 million, Adantech produces a variety of brakes, shoes and pads for subway, locomotive and freight cars. Based in Sao Paulo, Adantech serves both the transit and freight markets. The acquisition closed on Dec. 31.

• Alstom has obtained an order from the Poitou-Charentes and Auvergne regions in France to supply 22 additional trains for about $165 million. Booked in the third quarter of fiscal-year 2010-011, the order is part of the contract financed by the French regions and signed in October 2009. To date, 164 trainsets have been ordered and will be distributed to the regions of Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Pays de la Louire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.

• China Information Technology Inc. has obtained a $3 million contract to provide its geographic information systems (GIS) to the Shuohuang Railway Co.'s (SR) GIS. The SR-GIS, a significant part of Shuohuang Railway’s modernization effort, is designed to be an advanced system of spatial information technology platforms, providing access to multi-source data, remote sensing, geographic information systems, enhanced communication and 3-D virtual simulations.

• Parsons has named William Crosbie vice president of railroad programs and deputy sector manager in the rail and transit division of its transportation group. He will lead expansion and help plan strategy of Parsons' railroad programs, including freight and passenger rail, and infrastructure security protection. Most recently, Crosbie was chief operating officer of Amtrak; he also served stints with the Toronto Transit Commission and Canadian Pacific.