TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TRAFFIC BRIEFS

FRUEHAUF PLANT TO MAKE

REFRIGERATED VANSA factory devoted solely to the production of refrigerated vans is being built by Fruehauf Trailer, a division of Terex Corp., Green Bay, Wis.

The 100,000-square-foot plant is being built in Indianola, Iowa, and will employ about 130 people. It replaces a 700,000-square-foot facility in Harrisburg, Pa., that the company previously said it would close.

Because of the plant's centralized location, distribution costs should be significantly reduced, Fruehauf said. Construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, with the first vehicles shipping to customers by mid-November.

Numerous suggestions for design changes made by customers will be included in the new trucks, Terex said.

SEPTA UNION SEEKS

MEDIATION RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA - The union representing 200 maintenance of way workers on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is urging federal mediators to release the parties from mediation over what union negotiators called ''unreasonable demands pitting employee against employee."

"Clearly we've reached impasse," declared William LaRue, BMWE's vice president, "Septa is asking the BMWE to accept a prestrike clause that, in effect, would force us to play the role of strike-breaker by working through strikes on Amtrak and Conrail."

AMERICAN SOFTWARE INC.

UNVEILS IBM PACKAGES

NEW YORK - American Software Inc., Atlanta, has released software packages designed to run on International Business Machines Corp.'s new Enterprise System 9370 model computers.

The American Software packages deal with materials management and

financial control. They are designed to work in situations where a number of personal computers are working together in a department, warehouse or other facility.

Distribution centers and warehouses are prime potential users of the new packages, American Software said.

OVER 1,000 EXPECTED

AT RAIL GROUP SEMINAR

NEW YORK - Car repair billing gets its own seminar at the Clarion Hotel in St. Louis March 27-28, an event sponsored by the Mechanical Division of the Association of American Railroads.

More than 1,000 registrants are expected at the meeting, which is the 12th held by the division.

Subjects on the agenda include interchange rules, mechanical inspection departments, brake systems, car repair billing, rail requirements for transportation of hazardous materials, materials management and the Universal Machine Language Equipment Register.

Special workshops will be held for short-line railroads, private car owners and contract shops. The AAR is based in Washington, D.C.

CSL INTERMODAL MOVING

BOX TRANSFER FACILITY

LOS ANGELES - CSL Intermodal is moving its San Pedro area domestic container operations to the Los Angeles Transportation Center from the intermodal container transfer facility in Long Beach, Calif.

There will be a 7 p.m. cutoff and 10 p.m. departure for Frequent Flyer service to domestic destinations.

International traffic will continue to be handled at Long Beach.

CSL Intermodal is the intermodal operating unit of CSX Corp., Richmond, Va.