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Business Acquisitions

Wabtec, Railroad Controls L.P.
Wabtec Corporation, Wilmerding, PA, has acquired Railroad Controls L.P., based in Benbrook, TX, a provider of railway signal construction services and formerly a subsidiary of RCL Services Group LLC.

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said, “In recent years we have expanded our presence in signal design, engineering, project management and construction …. Railroad Controls further strengthens our turnkey capabilities in this key market segment and provides technical expertise that complements our existing electronics, signaling and train control offerings.”

Irwin Transportation Products, Irwin, PA, has acquired VECOM USA LLC, based in Tampa. VECOM USA’s products include train to wayside communication systems, train digital warning systems and an Ethernet-based passenger information system.

VECOM will continue to operate at its Tampa location as VECOM USA, a division of Irwin Transportation Products. Irwin Transportation Products is an affiliate of Irwin Car and Equipment that specializes in rail switching systems, signals and controls and equipment for public transit, trolley, mining and tunneling applications.

VHB, based in Watertown, MA, recently acquired GMB Engineers & Planners Inc., a transportation firm with offices in Orlando and Chipley, FL, and Atlanta, where it operates as Metro Planning & Engineering (MPE).

GMB will join VHB’s Southeast Region operation and the Florida offices will do business as VHB; the Atlanta unit will keep the MPE name and operate as a division of VHB.

The two firms join forces after a 10-year relationship collaborating on projects. The acquisition will double the size of VHB’s Southeast Region.
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