Tuesday, September 29, 2009

L.B. Foster lands DART rail products contract

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Pittsburgh-based L.B. Foster Co. said Tuesday it has been awarded a $2.1 million contract to supply direct fixation fasteners and bonded insulated joints for the first phase of the new Dallas Area Rapid Transit Orange Line, running from Dallas’ city center to Irving, Tex.

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L.B. Foster is coordinating product shipments to the Northwest Corridor Expansion project to meet the scheduling requirements of the general contractor joint venture, Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck/Reyes/Parsons Corp. "The contractor recognized our hard earned reputation for quality rail products and project management," said Dennis Bachtel, L.B. Foster's Western Regional manager within the Rail Products Group.

L.B. Foster direct fixation fasteners provide noise and vibration dampening, electrical isolation, and ease of installation. The DF fasteners are manufactured by the Transit Products unit of L.B. Foster to meet the standards established for DART's systems.

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The DF fastener design has been rigorously tested at L.B. Foster's rail specific development and testing laboratory in Atlanta. The bonded insulated joints are produced by L.B. Foster's Allegheny Rail Products at facilities in Niles, Ohio, and in Pueblo, Colo.

"The reliability and long life cycle of this insulated joint is respected by freight and passenger railroads worldwide," said L.B. Foster Rail Products Group Senior Vice President Sam Fisher. 

Three construction phases of the Northwest Corridor Expansion Project will expand the DART Orange Line from Dallas to the terminals of DFW International Airport. Phase One construction began in May  and is scheduled to be completed next April.