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CSX Names First “Select Site” in Tennessee

February 28th, 2013

CSX has chosen the North Etowah Industrial Park in McMinn County, Tenn., as the first Select Site in the state.

CSX’s Select Site program reviews manufacturing and distribution development properties that are positioned to make rapid use of freight rail service. The designation confirms that standard land use issues have been addressed and that the site is ready for development.

“Through the Select Site program, we can increase speed to market and lower up-front development risk for companies seeking industrial property for manufacturing operations,” said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development, CSX. “This program helps communities identify and prepare sites that can compete for new investments and job creation.”

CSX introduced the program in 2012. It has partnered with The Austin Company to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.

“This 270-acre site offers a strategic location opportunity as it lies between the growing cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga,” said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant, The Austin Company. “The site is clear, adjacent to the CSX mainline and has all the utilities on-site in ample capacity.”

CSX noted the efforts of the McMinn County Board of Commissioners, the City of Etowah and the McMinn County Economic Development Authority in achieving the certification.

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Stadler to Supply 48 FLIRTs to Hungary

February 28th, 2013

Stadler Rail has won a tender for 48 electric multiple units issued jointly by Hungarian State Railways MÁV and Austrian-Hungarian regional operator GYSEV.

The result of the tender was announced on 26 February,  and the delivery contract will be signed by the parties during the next 30 days.

Under the contract, Stadler will deliver 42 FLIRT units for MÁV and 6 units for GYSEV.The new four-part trains will be single voltage low floor vehicles with a seating capacity of 200 and a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The last train will have to be delivered by Stadler by Autumn 2015.

After the delivery of the current order, altogether 112 FLIRT units will be operating in Hungary.

Stadler is adding to its manufacturing capacity in Hungary as well. It is expanding the capacity of its aluminum carbody welding unit there and also is establishing a center for work on bogies (trucks).  A significant part of the production of the current trains will occur in Stadler’s factory in Szolnok, too, the company said.

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