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Updates from International Paint, GE, EMD, Ansaldo STS, Zachry American and Cornerstone Systems


• International Paint recently acquired the Enviroline® business from Industrial Environmental Coatings Corp. Enviroline features high-performance linings, protective external coatings and fire-protection products. The acquisition expands International Paint’s line of global products and services, the company said. Next month, International Paint plans to transition the production of Enviroline products from Pompano Beach, Fla., to a larger manufacturing plant in Berea, Ohio. The phased transition process also will include branding changes. All of Enviroline product formulas and manufacturing processes will remain the same, including product names and identification, International Paint said.

• GE Transportation recently delivered Evolution Series® locomotives to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), including the 3,000th unit produced at GE’s Erie, Pa., plant since the company introduced the Evolution Series in 2005. KTZ ordered 310 Evolution Series locomotives in 2006. The first 10 units — including No. 3,000 — have arrived in Kazakhstan. The remaining locomotives will be assembled in Kazakhstan, beginning at year’s end, from kits and parts produced in Erie.

• The Transportation Technology Center Inc. recently transformed a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) locomotive into a 710ECO™ Repower unit for Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD). The Repower locomotive features a 12-cylinder, 3,150-brake horsepower engine and microprocessor-controlled engine technology to reduce emissions, increase fuel economy, boost reliability and improve serviceability. The 710ECO is designed to reduce emissions up to 70 percent — exceeding the U.S. Environmental protection Agency's Tier 2 standards — and cut fuel usage up to 25 percent compared with a conventional locomotive. A joint venture between Caltrans’ rail division, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and EMD is trying to employ clean-diesel technology at California passenger railroads.

• Ansaldo STS, as head of a temporary consortium with SIELTE SpA and SITE SpA, has obtained a contract from Rete Ferroviaria Italiana SpA for the final design and construction of an electronic central management system for a Palermo, Italy, rail station. The work is expected to take about 48 months to complete. Ansaldo’s Central Static Apparatus technology enables changes to be made to the electronic central management system, in line with station upgrades, through software reconfigurations, the company said.

• Zachry American Infrastructure Inc. announced former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has joined the infrastructure development/investment firm as a senior advisor. She will advise the firm and its partner Hastings Funds Management (USA) Inc. on development infrastructure projects in the transportation, energy, water, aviation and port sectors. Peters previously served as senior vice president and national director for HDR Inc., federal highway administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation and director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

• Cornerstone Systems announced it opened a full-service office in South San Francisco, the company’s fourth facility in California. Cornerstone Systems — which provides various logistics services, including intermodal, rail car and rail-car consolidation, truck brokerage and transloading — also maintains offices in Brea, San Pedro and Stockton. The South San Francisco facility will specialize in containerized freight for rail.

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