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Rail supplier news from Hotstart, Konecranes, AECOM and NRC (Feb. 18)

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Hotstart promoted Casey Hall from railroad market manager to product strategist/market manager. He will move from the Hotstart Railroad Office in Merrillville, Indiana, to the company's headquarters in Spokane, Washington, to work with the sales, engineering and manufacturing teams. Hall joined Hotstart in 2015 as a railroad market manager, working with railroads, installers and OEMs on projects to reduce locomotive idling, fuel consumption and emissions in the United States and Canada.

Konecranes earlier this week announced Norfolk Southern Railway ordered one additional hybrid rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane for its Landers Intermodal Terminal in Chicago. The crane will be delivered in December. The hybrid crane is operated with electrical power generated by both a battery and diesel generator. During normal use, power is drawn exclusively from the battery, while during peak usage, power is drawn from the battery and diesel generator. Konecranes also announced the Georgia Ports Authority ordered nine electric RTG cranes for the Port of Savannah. The cranes will be delivered in the year’s second half.

AECOM has acquired a 30% equity interest in SLC Rail, a United Kingdom-based firm that specializes in rail strategies, rail scheme development and project delivery management. The transaction positions both companies to jointly pursue future rail programs, route upgrades and station delivery opportunities. The firms plan to use their complementary service offerings to provide a faster and lower-cost delivery of rail enhancements, AECOM and SLC officials said in a press release. The deal also combines SLC’s strengths in program initiation and development with AECOM’s global engineering, program management and station design expertise, they added.

The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) will host its 2022 Railroad Equipment Auction April 27-28. The auction will be held at Delta Railroad Services in Austinburg, Ohio. A percentage of the buyer's premium will help fund the NRC's safety training programs.

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