L.B. Foster ( FSTR) got a $17.9 million contract to provide 11,000 tons of steel rail and 110,000 concrete ties for the construction of the Utah Transit Authority's new commuter rail line between Weber County and Salt Lake City.

"This project is a great example of our company's ability to provide all of the major components necessary to build a rail line," said Stan Hasselbusch, CEO of Pittsburgh-based Foster.

The required 43 miles of concrete ties and AREMA-patterned steel rail will be delivered to various locations along the Union Pacific Railroad Salt Lake subdivision between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. The continuous welded rail will begin shipping in November 2005 and the concrete ties will follow in January 2006. The ties will be manufactured at L.B. Foster's facility in Spokane, Wash.

"Our Spokane concrete tie plant is ideally staffed and located to fulfill this contract," Hasselbusch said.

Foster was flat Tuesday at $12.60.

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