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Updates from ENSCO, Atlantic Track, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Jacobs Engineering, Ansaldo STS and CANAC


• ENSCO Inc. obtained an operations, maintenance, instrumentation and analysis support contract from the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development. The task order contract, which includes a one-year base period and four one-year options, has a five-year ceiling value of more than $24 million. ENSCO will perform engineering and operations services to support the development and application of advanced research and technologies for enhanced rail safety, according to a prepared statement.

• Atlantic Track and Turnout Co. has expanded its trackwork manufacturing capability by purchasing the capital assets of Memphis, Tenn.-based Mid-South Rail. Jeff Grissom, president of Mid-South Rail, will retain day-to-day responsibility for the Memphis plant, and will assume new responsibility as director of engineering and manufacturing for Atlantic Track.

• VR Mergers & Acquisitions-St. Louis has announced the sale of Central Illinois Railroad Holdings to R&R Contracting. The sale included all of the assets of Central Illinois Railroad Co., Central Railink Services and Central Railgroup Construction Services, which provides engineering and track construction, maintenance and repair services to railroads and private industries in the upper Midwest.

• Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. received a contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit to provide on-call construction management services for the agency’s capital improvement program and other projects. The contract has a maximum value of $15 million. Jacobs will provide construction management services for five years, including resident, field and office engineering, and inspection services.

• Ansaldo STS appointed Jason White vice president of sales and business development. He will be based in the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters. White previously held various sales and leadership positions at General Electric, Lucent Technologies and General Dynamics.

• CANAC, a subsidiary of Savage Cos., named Gennaro Patella senior vice president and general manager of CANAC Railway Services. He previously was CANAC’s general manager of engineering.

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