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11/6/2019



Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Universal Logistics, Focused Technology, NYAB, Railroad Software and CARS (Nov. 6)


Patrick Jeantet (pictured) was appointed Keolis Group executive chairman, effective early 2020.
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Keolis Group Supervisory Board Chairman Joel Lebreton appointed Patrick Jeantet executive chairman, effective in early 2020. Kathleen Wantz O'Rourke will serve as acting chairwoman during the transition. Previously, Jeantet served as chairman and chief executive officer of SNCF Reseau; deputy chairman of the SNCF Executive Board; Keolis’ international deputy CEO; Keolis’ CEO in France; and chief operating officer of Groupe Aeroports de Paris, Keolis officials said in a press release.

Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. acquired Roadrunner Intermodal from Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. Roadrunner Intermodal is a nationwide drayage provider, servicing major port and rail locations throughout the United States, and is made up of Roadrunner Intermodal Services LLC, Morgan Southern Inc., Wando Trucking LLC and Central Cal Transportation LLC. Universal officials say they anticipate that Roadrunner Intermodal will operate as a subsidiary of Universal Intermodal Inc. 

Focused Technology Solutions Inc. announced that it has expanded into the global market by offering the SpikeEase at Specialised Force in Australia and Davanac in Canada. The SpikeEase is a battery-operated and hydraulic-free spike puller, company officials said in a press release.

New York Air Brake LLC (NYAB) recently held a multiday LEADER® Users Conference in Irving, Texas. Rail executives from three continents, including senior leadership from four North American Class Is, met to discuss industry trends, share best practices and learn about advancements in NYAB’s on-board train control and energy management system, NYAB officials said in a press release.

Railroad Software this month celebrated its seventh anniversary. Fifth-generation railroader Jeff Birmingham established Railroad Software in 2012. Since then, the Georgia-based company has grown, relocated, hired new team members and developed its line of solutions, including the Railyard Terminal Management System, TrackAsset application and Track HOS software. Birmingham’s family owns the Hudson Terminal Railroad and the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado. 

The Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) conducted a telephone conference with the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) to explore potential areas of collaboration between the two organizations. Several topics were discussed, including issues pertaining to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and tank cars. As a result of the conference, CARS staff visited Transport Canada and then provided an update on tank car issues to RSI staff and clarified the Canadian process for licensing, CARS officials said in a press release.



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