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Rail supplier news from Collins Aerospace, Trainyard Tech, Hubner, Ekyrail, PTS and InStar (March 8)


Collins Aerospace has been awarded a $68 million contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to serve as the prime contractor for MTA New York City Transit's information management modernization project, according to a Collins Aerospace press release. This multiphase project includes an upgrade of the existing manual system to an intelligence-based computer system designed to provide consistent data regarding train locations and real-time status information. The company will also provide data analytics and management tools to monitor and analyze route operations. 

Trainyard Tech LLC has received a purchase order from Conrail to install the Classmaster hump yard process control system at Oak Island Yard in Newark, New Jersey. The system will include a rail yard reporting tool called TyT Reporter that will be customizable by all levels of Conrail users to simplify troubleshooting, analyze yard trends and review historical performance. Oak Island Yard has 30 classification tracks with three leads that may be routed to feed one master retarder, three intermediate retarders and five group retarders. 

Hubner announced plans to build a new elastomer product manufacturing factory in Dunlap, Tennessee, according to a company press release. The factory will produce elastomer molded parts, silicone seals and sensor-equipped rubber profiles for the U.S. bus and train industries starting in first-quarter 2020. In addition, the factory will supply the oil and gas industry with various sealing systems.

Ekyrail Enterprises Inc., specialists in electrical components for the rail industry, has appointed Yan Taillon president. Taillon succeeds his father and Ekyrail founder Christian Taillon, and has 20 years of experience in the industry. In his new position, Yan Taillon intends to develop innovative products for the rail sector and add to the company's product portfolio in 2019, according to a press release.

Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) has promoted transportation and logistics industry veteran Jim Gillis to chief executive officer. Previously, Gillis served as regional vice president for Gulf Intermodal Services (GSI) and held various roles at Intermodal Cartage (IMCG). PTS, GIS and IMCG are part of the IMC Cos. family of brands. During his time away from IMC Cos., he was president of Global Group Logistics/Double G Transportation and general manager of TCI Trucking and Warehousing.

The InStar Group, a full-service rail-car leasing company, will purchase 2,146 rail cars from transportation finance and logistics company CAI International. The purchase is the company's largest since its inception in 2016, according to a press release. The sale of 1,946 rail cars has been completed, and a remaining 200 cars are being manufactured. The sale of those cars is expected to be completed in the second quarter.

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