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L.B. Foster Announces Appointment of Senior Vice President

/EIN News/ -- PITTSBURGH, Aug. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pittsburgh-based L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ:FSTR), a leading manufacturer, fabricator, and distributor of products and services for rail, construction, energy, and utility markets, today announces the appointment of Alexandre Kosmala as Senior Vice President.

L.B. Foster Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Kosmala as Senior Vice President responsible for the Tubular and Energy Services segment and the Construction segment.  Alex joins L.B. Foster from Saltel Industries, a provider of drilling and well construction products and well maintenance solutions, where he served as Executive Vice President. Previously, Alex served as President & CEO of Artificial Lift Company, a pioneer in the technology of slick-line deployed Electric Submersible Pumps and permanent magnet motors for well completion solutions. He helped globalize the company’s products and services by moving into un-served markets and developing relationships with the premier oil & gas developers in the world. Alex also spent 20 years with Schlumberger in various assignments around the world where he had P&L responsibility for businesses in Europe and Asia and successfully integrated new companies following acquisitions. He began his career as a field engineer in the drilling and measurements division of Schlumberger.

Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in mechanical engineering from Universite Henri Poincaré, France, a Diplome d’Ingenieur from École Nationale Supérieure d’Electricité et de Mécanique, France and a Masters in Aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was recently recognized as a distinguished alumnus.

In announcing the appointment, Robert P. Bauer, L.B. Foster Company President & CEO said; “I am very pleased to have Alex join the management team. The combination of his diverse operating skills, strong technical background, and proven leadership ability will be a great asset as he assumes responsibility for our businesses that serve the energy and construction markets. At a time when our markets are changing and customers place significant demands on their suppliers, Alex is the kind of leader who can develop strategies that adjust to changing requirements and teams that will deliver solutions.”

Alex will have an office in Houston, Texas where nearly all of the Tubular & Energy Services divisions are based, as well as at the Company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective August 15, 2016.

About L.B. Foster Company
Established in 1902, L.B. Foster Company is a leading manufacturer, fabricator, and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy, and utility markets with locations in North America and Europe. More information is available at: www.lbfoster.com

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Media Contact:
Jake Fuellhart, Corporate Marketing Communications Manager, L.B. Foster Company
412.928.5645 jfuellhart@lbfoster.com