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Updates from L.B. Foster, Harsco, Siemens/Bombardier, OPW Fluid Transfer and HDR


• L.B. Foster Co. has appointed David Sauder to the newly created position of vice president, global business development. He reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Stan Hasselbusch. Sauder will be responsible for merger and acquisition activities, and developing and implementing global growth initiatives. He most recently was director of global business development for Joy Mining Machinery. Sauder previously was manager of business development for Eaton Corp., and held various positions at Duquesne Light Co. and PNC Bank.

• Harsco Track Technologies obtained a contract from Australia’s Transfield Services Ltd. for two MK VI ballast-tamping machines. Harsco will produce the units at its U.S. plants and deliver the machines in early 2010. Transfield Services will use the machines to support its ongoing rail maintenance work.

• Siemens Mobility has contracted Bombardier Transportation to assemble components for 115 Desiro ML multiple-unit trains ordered by the Brussels Regional Railway Network. Under a $214 million contract, Bombardier will be responsible for painting, end-assembly and testing of the vehicles. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from March 2012 to January 2014. Siemens also contracted DB Schenker to ship a new fleet of high-speed Velaro trains from Germany to Russia across the Baltic Sea via a ferry. Last week, the first of eight trains ordered by the Russian Railways was shipped from a north Germany rail ferry port to the Russian port of Ust Luga.

• Dover Corp.’s Dover Fluid Management division has promoted Tim Warning to president of the OPW Fluid Transfer Group to succeed David Crouse, who recently was appointed president of Dover’s OPW Fueling Components. Warning most recently was president of OPW Engineered Systems and Sure Seal Inc. He previously served OxyChem for more than 20 years in various positions, including vice president and general manager of the company’s Chlorinated Isocyanurates Division. The OPW Fluid Transfer Group includes operating companies OPW Engineered Systems, Midland Manufacturing, Civacon, Knappco, Sure Seal and OPW Fluid Transfer Group – Europe.

• Architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR named Dennis Schulze South Central area rail leader. He most recently was the firm’s Fort Worth, Texas, marketing manager. Schulze will be responsible for marketing and overall rail operations in the South Central area, and serve as principle-in-charge on all of the area’s rail projects. He has more than 22 years’ experience in the rail industry, including the past 11 years with HDR.

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