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Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Vossloh, Nordco, SYSTRA and Jacobs (Aug. 15)


• L.B. Foster Co. obtained a contract from RailWorks Track Systems Inc. to supply 11,000 CXT® concrete ties for construction of an unloading facility at the Tesoro oil products refinery in Anacortes, Wash. The refinery is at the western end of a railway transport system that will feature 800 tank cars carrying 40,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Tesoro's Bakken Shale operations in North Dakota. The concrete ties will support a high-capacity rail unloading system designed to accommodate four 110-car trains simultaneously, according to an L.B. Foster press release. Final delivery of the ties is slated for year’s end.

• Vossloh obtained a contract from eastern German public transport operator Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen to provide eight light-rail vehicles, including an option for another two. The eight-vehicle contract is worth $51.6 million. The barrier-free trams will link the city of Chemnitz with the surrounding areas without passengers having to change vehicles. Within the city, the trams will operate electrically; outside the municipality, they will be diesel-engine driven on the existing regional rail network. The first vehicle will be shipped in 2014.

• Nordco Rail Services & Inspection Technologies Inc. promoted James Rose to program manager of rail inspection. He will help Nordco develop stronger relationships with key accounts. Rose also will retain his responsibilities as field manager and assist with rail inspection operational support, recruitment and supplier management, Nordco officials said in a prepared statement.

• Adrienne Taylor joined SYSTRA as vice president of client relations, West Coast. She has more than 25 years of railroad transportation experience in the western United States. Prior to joining the firm, Taylor was the senior director of commuter partnerships-west for Amtrak, where she negotiated and monitored contracts with commuter agencies and other business markets. She previously was director of marketing and communications for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and director of rail programs for the Orange County Transportation Authority.

• Jacobs Associates announced the following staff members were promoted to senior associate: Keith Abey, currently the lead structural engineer on Sound Transit’s North Link and University Link light-rail projects, including the Capitol Hill Station construction; Ted DePooter, currently the resident engineer during construction management of the South Cobb Tunnel project; Mark Lawrence, who recently provided design oversight on the tunnel lining falsework on the Devil’s Slide project, as well as design oversight on the launching and receiving shafts on the Bay Tunnel project; and Dan Van Roosendaal, who recently moved to the New York City office to serve as project manager for the Rondout-West Branch bypass project.

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