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Rail supplier news from GREX, Harsco, FreightCar America, HNTB and NAI Global (Jan. 31)

GREX Executive Chairman Chris Aadnesen (at podium) speaks at a Jan. 29 event honoring the Snead family.
Photo – Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.


Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX) hosted an event held this week to honor the Snead family, which founded the company. The family became known in the rail and quarry industries in the 1940s, when Edwin Brazelton Snead founded Texas Crushed Stone. He also founded Georgetown Railroad in 1958 to haul limestone from Georgetown to Austin, Texas. His eldest son Ned went on to establish GREX. This week's celebration was hosted in the GREX Business Car 400, which also bears Brazelton Snead's name. The 1920s-era car recently was moved to a permanent location at the company's Georgetown headquarters, where the car will be used to host special events, customer meetings and charitable events.

Harsco Rail Europe has begun delivering 31 rail vehicles to Switzerland's national railroad Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB for the maintenance of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Harsco obtained the contract for the order in 2013. Last month, Harsco held a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first six of 13 base vehicles, which weigh 80 metric tons. The units can be powered by electricity alone or a combination of diesel and electric power. The base vehicles can be operated from the driver's cab, via remote control or from other wagons.

FreightCar America Inc. hired Kristen Wright as director of sales. Her rail-car industry experience includes leasing, fleet management, marketing, sales and transaction management, according to a company press release. Wright will be based in FreightCar's Chicago offices. The company's rail-car product line includes coal cars, bulk commodity cars, covered hopper cars and intermodal flat cars.

HNTB Corp. has appointed Michael Sweeney executive vice president. He has held various leadership positions since he joined the firm in 2012, including as New York office leader and Northeast division president. In the new role, he'll continue to serve as Eastern U.S. region president, overseeing more than 2,000 professionals in the firm's Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast divisions. Sweeney has 31 years of experience in transit, design, construction management and program management, alternative financing and delivery, and disaster recovery. He continues to be involved with the American Railway and Maintenance-of-Way Association, as well as the American Public Transportation Association's high-speed rail committee.

Steve Pastor, vice president of NAI James E. Hanson's Global Supply Chain and Ports/Rail Logistics practice, has been named chair of NAI Global's 2018 industrial council. He has served as the council's chair since 2015. NAI Global's councils focus on boosting the qualified competency of the firm's professionals and ensuring consistent service across the organization. As vice president, Pastor advises national clients on their supply chain-oriented real estate assets and portfolios. He currently represents Norfolk Southern Railway, Kansas City Southern and BNSF Railway Co., and helps them streamline their national networks of inland port and port-related real estate assets, NAI Global officials said in a press release.

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