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Rail supplier updates from EMD, Kelso, Columbus Steel, Raymond James, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gulf Intermodal and IMC Cos. (June 22)


• Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corp., and Barloworld have formed a joint venture, Electro-Motive Diesel Africa (Proprietary) Ltd. The joint venture will provide locomotive products and services, including access to diesel and emissions technology, to rail and transit customers in South Africa and neighboring countries. The joint venture’s formation further demonstrates the company’s dedication to growing its well-known global footprint, EMD officials said in a prepared statement. “Africa is an important market for us and the joint venture with an established company, like Barloworld in southern Africa, will position us well to support the needs of existing and new customers in South Africa and the region,” said Billy Ainsworth, chief executive officer of Progress Rail and EMD.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary company named Kelso Innovative Solutions Inc. (KIS), and appointed Mike Girard as the new firm’s president. Based in Houston, KIS will focus on engineering industrial designs and distribution plans for Kelso’s Klincher™ manway securement system for applications in the roadway trucking and trailer market. Girard has more than 30 years of experience in business development in over-the-highway truck and trailer market. He most recently was vice president of sales in the southern region for Girard Equipment Inc. At KIS, Girard will report to Neil Gambow, who will act as chief executive officer.

• Columbus Steel Castings has named Richard Ruebusch president and chief executive officer. He most recently served as CEO of Montana Silversmiths, a private-equity company of American Capital. He also has led several Fortune 500 multinational firms. Ruebusch has 14 years of global foundry and lean manufacturing experience. Columbus Steel manufactures steel castings for freight- and passenger-rail cars, locomotives, mining equipment, industrial magnets, and construction and heavy industrial equipment.

• In conjunction with Raymond James’ acquisition of Morgan Keegan in April, the two firms’ transport sector investment banking teams have joined together to form a transport and infrastructure investment banking group at Raymond James, according to a press release. From Morgan Keegan, the group includes Managing Directors Chip Grayson and Ken Novotny, and Vice President Matt Stemmler; and from Raymond James, Managing Directors Tom Mullins and Paul Jones, and Vice President Scott Brinner. Mullins and Grayson will co-head the business unit.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Keith Zecchini global chief information officer. He will be responsible for leading the firm’s global information technology (IT) function, providing oversight on all major IT initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, he was vice president of Talisman Energy. Zecchini has more than 27 years of experience as a senior technology manager involved with planning, developing and implementing IT solutions.

• Joe Catalanotto has been promoted to operations manager at Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS), New Orleans. Prior to his new position, he served in customer service representative, dispatcher and dispatch supervisor roles at GIS. Catalanotto has served the company for five years.

• IMC Cos. announced that Atlantic Intermodal Services, DNJ Intermodal Services, Gulf Intermodal Services, Intermodal Cartage Co. and National Drayage Services have joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the transportation industry and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains. The companies will contribute to the partnership’s savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, according to a IMC press release.

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