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Updates from ENSCO, OMNI, Amsted RPS, PowerRail, Whitmore, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Flagler


• ENSCO Inc. has begun a corporate restructuring of several of its key businesses and international activities to increase concentration within their distinct market areas and better manage corporate liability, according to an ENSCO press release. The restructuring includes the creation of a wholly owned subsidiary, ENSCO Rail Inc., which involves ENSCO’s worldwide, rail engineering products and services business. All current Applied Technology and Engineering division commercial business will migrate to this subsidiary, along with ENSCO’s current international security products and service offerings within the MicroSearch® product line. The migration will begin with Track Inspection Services and MicroSearch, the press release stated.

• OMNI Products Inc. and Jensen Precast have agreed to expand manufacturing and distribution of OMNI Products’ grade crossing systems into the western United States, according to an OMNI press release. The agreement enables Jensen Precast customers to buy OMNI Rail Grade Crossing Systems manufactured at 10 Jensen Precast locations in Nevada, California and Arizona.

• Amsted RPS, a division of Amsted Rail, announced plans to expand its product portfolio to include urban railway infrastructure products from edilon)(sedra. The product line is a “natural addition” for Amsted RPS, which recently launched a new brand, company officials said in a prepared statement. “Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of rail fastening solutions to customers worldwide. That includes not only freight trail product, but passenger, tram and metro solutions as well,” said Amsted RPS Vice President and General Manager Wes Hodges.

• PowerRail Distribution Inc. named Mike Rutkowski junior vice president, Southern Region. In his new role, he will report directly to Mark Nolan, VP of sales and marketing, and will be responsible for managing all sales and service for Class I railroads, regionals and short lines, and assisting with the Passenger Transit Division. Rutkowski has more than eight years of sales experience within the rail industry. He started his career with PowerRail in 2004 as a southeast sales manager.

• The Whitmore Manufacturing Co. named Jeff Kilpatrick president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Whitmore, Kilpatrick was a member of the management team of Media Recovery Inc. (MRI) of Dallas for seven years, most recently serving as general manager of its ShockWatch division and formerly as MRI’s VP of marking. Kilpatrick is replacing Jeff Peterson, who is returning to Capital Southwest Corp. to oversee the organization’s venture capital investments within their key sector of specialty chemicals and manufacturing businesses, according to a Whitmore press release.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Robert Stromsted senior vice president. He will be responsible for strategic planning and business development in New York City, and has 35 years of consulting engineering experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was chief executive officer at HNTB Corp.

• Flagler has named Manuel Fernandez executive vice president of logistics operations. Fernandez will spearhead the development of Flagler’s South Florida Logistics Center — a 400-acre intermodal logistics complex next to the Miami International Airport — as well as a newly launched logistics practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in supply chain and global logistics, and has held a number of senior positions with leading international logistics companies, including DHL Express (USA) Inc., APL Ltd. and CSX Corp. He most recently served as senior VP with International Container Terminal Services Inc., according to a company press release.

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