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Rail supplier news from Orgo-Thermit, Skanska, Harsco Rail, Gannett Fleming, Hatch Mott MacDonald and EnerSys (Aug. 9)

On Aug. 1, Goldschmidt Thermit Group acquired PortaCo Inc., a Minnesota-based producer of hydraulic power units and tools. The group operates as Orgo-Thermit Inc. in the U.S. market. The acquisition complements the company's product portfolio and "considerably" strengthens its activity in the manufacture of rail systems maintenance tools in the United States, said Hans-Jurgen Mundinger, the group's chairman. The group has been expanding its international market presence for several years, and plans to explore "the possibilities of further acquisitions and cooperation agreements to further expand our position worldwide," he said.

Skanska Norway has obtained a contract from Hordaland fylkeskommune and Bybanen utvikling to develop and build two extensions of the tramway in Bergen, Norway. The contract is worth about $90 million and will be included in Skanska Norway's third-quarter bookings.

Harsco Rail has announced additions to its domestic and international sales force: Todd Terrell has been named district sales manager in Dallas; Sloan Stewart, district sales manager in Greenville, S.C.; Takashi Anraku, sales representative covering Japan, Korea and Taiwan; and Vincent Ming, sales manager for China and Hong Kong.

Stephen McEvoy has joined Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems as vice president and director of railroad and transit operational design. He has 48 years of experience in the design and operation of railroads and transit systems. In his new post, McEvoy will build and maintain client relationships and manage projects.

Hatch Mott MacDonald named Norris Harvey a principal project manager of the New York office. A specialist in tunnel ventilation and fire/life safety and security, Harvey will lead the office's life-safety and security practice. He has 19 years of experience in all phases of project delivery.

EnerSys® recently marked its 125th anniversary in the North American industrial battery business. The company operates manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities in more than 100 countries. In 2012, the company exceeded $2.3 billion in sales.

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