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Rail supplier news from ARS, BSD, HDR, Hub, Urban and HNTB (Dec. 16)

Sam Tso
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GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm, sold its portfolio company, Appalachian Railcar Services LLC (ARS), to Cathcart Rail LLC. GenNx360 invested in ARS in March 2017 as part of a sector-focused strategy targeting investments in the rail-car services sector, GenNx360 officials said in a press release. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Sam Gladney as an interim commissioner to the Bi-State Development (BSD) Board of Commissioners. Gladney is a partner at the Gladney Law Group LLC. His appointment is effective through November 2023. He replaces Constance Gully, whose term expired. BSD oversees the Metro Transit-St. Louis light-rail system.

HDR promoted Sam Tso to transportation director of the West Region, which spans Montana to Utah and New Mexico to the Pacific coast, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. He will be responsible for project delivery oversight, recruiting, staff development and business development support, HDR officials said in a press release. Since joining HDR in 2018, Tso has served in several leadership positions. He is the principal-in-charge for the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor project.

Hub Group has been recognized as the 2019 Intermodal Carrier of the Year by KBX Logistics and Georgia-Pacific. Hub Group earned the award by providing exceptional on-time performance (OTP), multiple modes and services and overall growth with KBX Logistics/Georgia-Pacific, company officials said in a press release. “Hub Group had a great year in 2019 and of the intermodal providers with whom we work, Hub Group performed first in 2020 from a volume standpoint,” said Paul Snider, president of KBX Logistics during a virtual KBX Annual Carrier Conference.

Urban Engineers hired Fred Schneader as associate vice president and a project manager in the firm’s southeast region. Schneader has 25 years of technical, project management and executive leadership experience in consulting engineering with emphasis on heavy infrastructure projects such as freight, transit rail, roadways and bridges, Urban Engineers officials said in a press release.

HNTB Corp. named Jennifer Ekrami senior project engineer. She will work on transportation projects in Southern California and the western United States. She also will also support the Brightline West project, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority projects and several task orders for the California Department of Transportation. Ekrami has 25 years of experience in highway design and construction administration. 

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