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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Rail supplier updates from Trinity, Maher, STV, Miner, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Nomad Digital (May 1)


Trinity Industries Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $79.1 million, or 99 cents per common diluted share, up from $53 million, or 66 cents per share, during the same period a year ago. Operating profit rose 30 percent to $159.5 million from $122.7 million, and revenue jumped 4 percent to $933 million from $896.2 million. Rail group orders totaled 14,505 during the quarter, which increased the backlog to a record 41,265 units with a record value of $5.1 billion.

Maher Terminals L.L.C. has named Gary Cross president and chief executive officer. Cross joined the company in 1978 as a management trainee in the safety department, and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he was promoted to executive vice president in 2011. He was instrumental in developing the "Maher service model," which contributed "significantly" to the company's growth, according to a company press release.

Aaron Silver has been named vice president of STV's Transportation and Infrastructure Division's western region. In this role, he is responsible for operations and business development in the freight-rail sector in a region that spans from Colorado to California. He will be based in the firm's new office in Roseville, Calif.

Miner Enterprises Inc. has promoted Paul Aspengren from mechanical engineer to sales engineer. In his new position, he will be responsible for selling Miner products in the Midwest and western United States. Aspengren joined the company in 2002.

Parsons Brinckerhoff named Michelle Kendall area manager for the Orlando, Fla., office. She will be responsible for operational and strategic management in central and north Florida. She previously served as the firm's area manager in Nashville. Kendall is a transportation and land-use planning specialist.

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. selected Nomad Digital to provide an on-board-server solution (OBS) for the Hitachi Super Express fleet for the Intercity Express Program. The OBS uses Nomad's R3500 router as the communications gateway and harnesses multiple 3G networks to provide connectivity.

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