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Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Roadway Worker Training, Train Travel Holdings, Railmark, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Burns (August 28)

R. J. Corman Railroad Group L.L.C. has acquired Roadway Worker Training Inc. (RWT). Jim Cashwell, RWT co-founder and chairman, will play a continuing role with RWT and R. J. Corman for the foreseeable future, according to an R. J. Corman press release. Founded in 2001, RWT provides training and support services to the railroad industry. RWT has four business divisions: RWT Signal Services, Railroad Protective Services, Focal Point Productions and RWT Training. RWT also announced recently that Dave Oram joined the company as president. He has more than 38 years of rail industry experience.

Train Travel Holdings Inc. (TTHX) has signed an agreement with TBG Holdings for TTHX to acquire Railmark Holdings Inc., which provides rail operations, rail logistics, rail-car repair, track construction and repair, and rail development and planning services. TBG will sell to Railmark a preferred control block of shares that will allow B. Allen Brown, Railmark's founder and shareholder, to take control of TTHX. In the weeks ahead, TTHX plans to make the necessary filings to change its name to Railmark Holdings Inc. and conduct all of its future business under the Railmark brand, according to a company press release.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Keith Sherman a senior supervising planner in Chicago and Jennifer Pyrz, a supervising planner in Indianapolis. Sherman will provide planning services in support of statewide and Chicago-area planning, economic development and freight transportation projects. He joined the firm after a 38-year career with the Illinois Department of Transportation, most recently as urban program planning chief. Pyrz will be responsible for managing a local environmental practice to support ongoing projects for highway and transit clients. She has 19 years of experience in transportation consulting.

Burns Engineering Inc. was ranked No. 52 on the 2014 MEP Giants list, an annual list that highlights the nation's top engineering firms ranked by mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), and fire protection design revenue. This is Burns' first year on the MEP Giants list. Consulting-Specifying Engineer's MEP Giants program lists the top 100 MEP firms in the United States, according to a Burns press release.

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