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Rail supplier updates from Savage, Holland, OPW, ZTR, Regional Connector and REMSA (April 8)


Supply chain solutions company Savage named Kirk Aubry president and chief executive officer. The news follows former CEO and current board chair Allen Alexander's retirement in June. Aubry joined Savage in 2010 as executive VP and chief operating officer, and was named president in 2012. Prior to his work at Savage, Aubry was COO of Cadence, VP of Textron and owner of his own business for 12 years.

Holland LP acquired the operating assets of the Bankhead Cos., an Atlanta-based railroad service provider offering fixed plant welding, contract thermite welding and manufacturing. The acquisition will allow Holland to offer a complete rail welding solution to its customers through a combination of flash butt, thermite and electric technologies, the company said in a press release.

OPW's KPS, Fibrelite and Fluid Transfer Group Europe business units have consolidated to form one single entity, now known as OPW Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The combined venture will offer a broad product portfolio focused on the safe and efficient handling of fuels and critical fluids in the regions. Phil Carlin, who joined OPW in 2000, will serve as managing director of OPW EMEA. He will work out of the company's headquarters in Kungsor, Sweden. Michael Savignac was hired to fill Carlin's former role as vice president and general manager of the OPW Electronic Systems business unit.

ZTR Control Systems soon will launch an office in Berlin. The new Germany location is aimed at better positioning ZTR to meet the increasing demand from the European freight-rail industry, company officials said in a press release. Currently based in Minneapolis and London, Ontario, ZTR provides locomotive modernization solutions aimed at improving locomotive performance, reliability and efficiency.

Regional Connector Constructors will remove seven trees next week along 1st Street between Alameda and Vignes streets under a contract with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). The work will make way for a new utility line and roadway widening, and is part of the Regional Connector light-rail project in downtown Los Angeles, LACMTA officials said.

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) has opened applications for its 2015 scholarship program. REMSA will award one President's Scholarship for $7,500, as well as a $5,000 runner-up scholarship, five individual scholarships at $2,500 each and a $5,000 graduate-student scholarship. To be eligible, an applicant must be a full- or part-time employee of a REMSA member company, or the spouse, child or grandchild of a current full-time employee at a REMSA member company. Scholarship program details are available on the REMSA website.

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