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Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, United Rail, dFuzion and Hub Group (Feb. 3)


The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. announced that Mark Rittenbaum has been promoted to executive vice president of commercial, leasing and finance. In the newly created position, he'll focus primarily on commercial activities, with particular emphasis on new rail-car sales, leasing and integration and enhancement of customer service design. Additionally, Rittenbaum will chair a new executive committee reporting to Greenbrier Chairman and CEO Bill Furman. Meanwhile, the company announced Lorie Tekorius has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. She has been with Greenbrier for more than 20 years, most recently as senior vice president and treasurer.

United Rail Inc. entered into a partnership with BBR Rail Automation GmbH to represent the German company's products and service to the North American freight- and passenger-rail transportation markets. Under the partnership, United Rail will provide business development, sales and marketing, and engineering services support to BBR for their work in North America. The two companies will introduce various railroad systems and products including signaling and interlocking systems, systems for intermodal and switching yards, data transmission and train control, passenger information systems, and others. BBR is headquartered in Brunswick, Germany.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has chosen dFuzion Inc.'s rMetrix® ultraportable ride performance assessment system for ride quality monitoring of the agency's commuter-rail lines. The technology incorporates GPS and accelerometer sensors with an intuitive control software interface as it assesses ride quality, comfort and safety, dFuzion officials said in a press release. With rMetrix, inspectors can monitor, collect and analyze geo-spatially correlated ride quality data and make safety and maintenance recommendations in real-time. Additionally, organizations can use the technology to analyze and correlate ride data over time and geography to determine data trends.

Geoff DeMartino has joined Hub Group as vice president of corporate development. In the position, he'll be responsible for corporate strategy and identifying and integrating acquisition opportunities. Since 2013, DeMartino served as senior vice president of global corporate development for Thermon Group Holdings Inc. He'll report directly to Hub Chief Executive Officer Dave Yeager.

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