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Rail supplier news for The Andersons, Cubic Transportation, Alstom, Trinity and Delta Railroad Construction (Sept. 6)

The Andersons Inc. has completed the purchase of rail-car repair and cleaning firm Mile Rail L.L.C. The purchase includes a primary location in Kansas City, Mo.; two satellite locations in Nebraska and Indiana; and mobile units in the central Midwest. "The addition of Mile Rail complements our existing rail-car repair network and expands our geographical footprint," said The Andersons Rail Group President Rasesh Shah in a press release.

Cubic Transportation Systems obtained a $1.5 million contract to provide maintenance services for the Compass electronic ticketing equipment for the North County Transit District's Coaster commuter rail and Sprinter light rail. The base contract is for three years with five option years, which could increase the overall contract to $4 million. Cubic will provide preventative and corrective maintenance for ticketing machines, platform validators and ticket office terminals.

Alstom has appointed Amy Ericson as the company's country president for the United States. She will oversee Alstom's interaction with U.S. policy stakeholders and support the pursuit of new business in thermal and renewable power generation, rail transit and electricity transmission and distribution. Prior to accepting her new role, Ericson served as vice president of Product Platform Management for Alstom's global gas-fired power generation business.

Alstom has opened its after-sales service center to support delivery of the first Regiolis train that will operate in the Lorraine region of France for the state rail operator SNCF. After-sales service is part of a new Alstom solution called PMCO, an integrated fleet support tool designed to optimize maintenance and availability of the Regiolis trains.

Steve McDowell has joined Trinity Industries Inc. as vice president and chief audit executive. His professional experience includes leadership roles in internal audit and public accounting. Most recently, he was vice president, internal audit and risk management, at Dean Foods.

Last month, U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) toured the Delta Railroad Construction facility in Austinburg, Ohio, according to a press release issued by the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC), of which Delta is a member. The tour included an overview of Delta's operations throughout North America. Joyce is a member of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

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