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Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Bourque Logistics, Traktionssysteme and OPW (May 21)


• On Friday, the Société des parcs industriels Sorel-Tracy launched construction on a new Alstom manufacturing plant in the Ludger-Simard industrial park in Quebec. Slated for completion next fall, the plant will support Alstom Transport’s role in a $1.2 billion contract (in Canadian dollars) between a Bombardier Transportation-Alstom consortium and the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) for the manufacture of 468 new metro cars, according to an Alstom press release. As per STM requirements, each train must be produced using 60 percent of Canadian-made parts.

• Bourque Logistics has formed an alliance with Watco Compliance Services to offer combined rail-car maintenance and regulatory compliance services to rail shippers, according to a press release. Integrating the two services will offer shippers a complete solution for rail-car repairs, maintenance, car mechanical integrity, engineering and regulatory compliance to enhance rail asset management, budgeting and reporting, Bourque Logistics said.

• Rail-vehicle propulsion system component supplier Traktionssysteme Austria (TSA) plans to open Traction Systems L.L.C. to serve North American customers. Previously, TSA has supplied and supported traction motors for New Jersey Transit, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Denton County Transportation Authority, Valley Metro and Sound Transit. The company’s long-term commitment to North America will provide rail vehicle manufacturers with state-of-the-art designs and technology while meeting Buy America requirements, TSA officials said in a prepared statement.

• OPW Fluid Transfer Groups’ OPW Engineered Systems announced NuStar Energy has selected 890 Series Hi-Load Loading Arm Counterbalances for a rail-car loading upgrade project at its Stockton, Calif., refined products terminal. NuStar recently optimized rail car-loading times at its 900,000-barrel facility by building a new rail siding featuring six loading platforms, OPW officials said in a prepared statement. OPW Engineered Systems’ 890 Series counterbalances are designed for loading arms that handle heavy loads and travel a long distance.