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Rail supplier news from United Rail, RailComm, Alstom, Sam Schwartz, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Unitrac (Feb. 9)

United Rail Inc. announced a new partnership with Swiss rail-supply manufacturer HaslerRail AG to represent HaslerRail's systems and products to the American freight- and passenger-rail markets. United Rail will also provide local customer service for various systems and products, which are compliant with FRA, CENELEC, AAR, AREMA and IEEE standards.

RailComm completed a Blue Flag System upgrade at a North American Class I mainline refueling facility in Temple, Texas. The upgrade includes installation of multiple new bi-directional Blue Flag Indicators (BFI) along the tracks to provide protection to employees during refueling tasks, and Field Control Panels to enable efficient operation of the BFI system by verified personnel, according to a RailComm press release.

Alstom will supply two H3 hybrid shunting locomotives for Audi’s freight transport. The automotive manufacturer will use the shunting locomotives to reorganize its factory traffic in Ingolstadt, Germany. The locomotives will be delivered at the end of 2015 and the end of 2016. The three-axle H3 hybrid locomotive consumes up to 50 percent less fuel than conventional shunting locomotives and cuts pollutant emissions by up to 70 percent, according to an Alstom press release.

Sam Schwartz Engineering promoted Jeffrey Trim to chief operating officer. In his new role, Trim will focus on delivering professional services and strategic plan execution. He joined the firm in 2009 and is a member of the company’s board.

Steven Jarrett has been named manager of the structural department in the Atlanta office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Jarrett has managed numerous bridge design and structural rehabilitation projects, and has served as project manager and lead structural engineer on rail and airport facility projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff also named Mel Sears deputy business manager for the U.S. West region. Sears will work with managers in the firm's 10 offices in the West to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts. He will continue to be based in the firm’s Portland, Ore., office.

Unitrac Railroad Materials Inc. has promoted Natalie McCarroll to sales representative-Midwest Region. She joined Unitrac in 2013 and has been involved in various areas of the company.

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