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Updates from Jason Inc., GE, Sapa, Tata Steel and Arch Insurance


• Jason Inc. has acquired Morton Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of slip-resistant walking surfaces. Morton will function as a stand-alone organization under the Jason Components Group, joining Assembled Products, Jason Precision Components and Metalex, according to a press release. The acquisition will enable Jason “to expand its capabilities in metal conversion, increase the number of end markets it serves and create increased value for existing customers,” company officials said.

• GE Transportation has invested $231 million in manufacturing improvements and site upgrades to its Erie, Pa., facility and a new manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas, GE officials announced yesterday. In Erie, GE plans to invest $58 million in research and testing technology, facilities and equipment to reduce engine emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of GE locomotives, as well as engines used in the marine and stationary power industries, company officials said in a prepared statement. The investment also will target test laboratories for large-scale diesel engines at the Erie plant. In addition, GE plans to invest $38 million in the Erie plant this year to increase capacity and modernize machining, equipment and tooling used for producing locomotives, drive systems for mining trucks and other transportation products.

• Sapa Profiles North America plans to invest $2 million in a major expansion of anodizing operations at its Miami plant. Construction is slated to begin in December and conclude in first-quarter 2012. The expansion will “more than double” the company’s annual anodizing capacity to more than 13 million pounds in Miami, Sapa officials said in a prepared statement.

• Tata Steel Rail plans to install the The SilentTrack® noise dampening system at the Blackfriars Station in the United Kingdom. Tata Steel has installed the noise dampening system on more than 74 miles of track worldwide, company officials said in a prepared statement.

• Arch Insurance Group has appointed Regional Vice President Catherine Whiddon head of the company’s railroad casualty business unit. She will lead the underwriting of all commercial railroad, force account, railroad protective, scenic excursion, railroad general, contingent rail car, follow form excess and auto liability, according to a press release. Whiddon joined Arch in December 2008 as regional vice president of railroads, responsible for the central and western regions.

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