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Rail supplier news from REMSA, Drapeau Rail, Harting, Cylus, Tiger Cool and CIT (Jan. 26)


The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) will again host the USA Pavilion at the upcoming InnoTrans 2018 show in Berlin, Germany. The pavilion offers a "turnkey service" to help exhibitors simplify exhibiting at the international trade show, which will be held Sept. 18-21. The layout includes a common exhibit area with internet, refreshments, seating and meeting space, as well as booth space for each exhibition company. The pavilion also will include translators. Held biennially, InnoTrans attracts more than 120,000 visitors from more than 100 countries, REMSA officials said in a press release.

Drapeau Rail and Neotec last month delivered a hi-rail truck to contractors working on Ottawa's Confederation Line. The truck is designed to maintain overhead catenary systems. Equipped with a scissor lift deck, the unit features a 180-degree turret module, Drapeau officials said in a press release.

Harting has been accepted into the Underwriter Laboratories' (UL) Client Data Acceptance Program, which is aimed at speeding up product licensing for the U.S. market. Under the program, Harting will conduct testing in its own laboratory and submit the data to UL to streamline the certification process, Harting officials said in a press release. UL is an independent safety science organization that helps manufacturers address challenges in safety, compliance cybersecurity, sustainability, quality and brand leadership.

Israeli startup Cylus has raised $4.7 million in seed funding to continue developing a cybersecurity solution for the rail industry. The solution will enable railroads to detect and block cyberattacks in their operational network, including signaling systems and rolling stock, according to a Cylus press release. Investors include Magma Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures, the SBI Group and RAD Group founder Zohar Zisapel.

Tiger Cool Express LLC has appointed Leslie Baird chief commercial officer and Don Aiken executive vice president of operations. Baird previously served as vice president of sales for Interstate Distributor Co. She also held commercial and sales leadership roles at several trucking companies, including Arnold Transportation and CFI. Aiken previously held intermodal operations and leadership roles at JB Hunt, Schneider National and NFI.

CIT Group Inc. has appointed Jeff Lytle president of its rail business, effective April 1. A 22-year veteran of the rail-car leasing industry, Lytle currently serves as senior vice president in CIT's rail operation. The company also named Mike Jones president of the business capital unit, effective Jan. 24. Jones and Lytle will report to CIT Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Alemany and serve on the executive management committee. CIT Group's current President of Rail George Cashman will retire in June.

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