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A. Stucki Co. has appointed John O’Bryan CEO.
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A. Stucki Co. appointed John O’Bryan chief executive officer. He will succeed longtime CEO Bill Kiefer, who led the company since 2003 and who recently retired. Kiefer will continue to serve on Stucki’s board of directors. In the meantime, David Brown has served as interim CEO and will continue as CFO, according to a press release. O’Bryan has helped run private and publicly traded rail companies for over 20 years. Most recently, he supported the purchase and integration of ARI Manufacturing by The Greenbrier Cos. And served as President and CEO of American Railcar Industries. Previously, he was President and CEO of American Railcar Leasing and President of Mitsui Rail Capital.

Progress Rail acquired Nitryx, a software and consulting company in Campinas, Brazil. Founded in 2011, Nitryx serves the transportation and supply chain industries with decision support systems focused on optimizing logistics. With this acquisition, Progress Rail adds network optimization, yard planning, shift management and a rail movement planner to its Advanced Rail Technology (ART) suite of solutions. “Railways are looking for technology investments to improve efficiency beyond what is captured in precision-timed rail initiatives. With the addition of Nitryx, we can offer complete automation solutions that improve our customers’ energy efficiency, optimize grid capacity, and respect sustainability and emissions. goals, ”said Paul Denton, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Progress Rail, in a press release.

The first pre-production Coradia Polyvalent cross-border France-Germany train has left the Alstom Reichshoffen site on May 12 for the DB Systemtechnik test center in Minden, Germany, where it will undergo its first certification and homologation tests. Mechanical tests will be carried out to verify the train’s performance in curves. It will then go to the Velim test center in the Czech Republic, where it will undergo traction, braking, electromagnetic and acoustic stress tests. Tests on the German commercial network will begin in spring 2022.

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