A few weeks back I was pumping away on my eliptical at home watching the news. There was a spot on a local company being heralded as a model of growth by a U.S. Official. Interested, I paid more attention. As they were quickly panning overhead, I spotted blue and yellow. Was it a Gorbel overhead crane that I saw? I was pretty sure that it was considering this was a local business.
JEFFREY BLACKWELL staff photographer
Democrat and Chronicle
The next day at work I had 4 to 5 emails with links to the article. Sure enough, Gorbel. Bookmarked the article so that I could use it for the next Crane Spotting series and here it is. So who is this company and what made them headline news?
The company, Alstom Signaling, is expanding their rail signaling facility in Henrietta, NY over the next two years. This expansion will create 200 new jobs and an investment in the plant of more than $3 million.
U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari visited the company after the President announced a $2 billion investment in high speed rail projects across the country.The expansion is in anticipation of new business. The company is hoping to be a key player in the installation of "positive train control" technology for monitoring and controlling train movements.
Awesome. I would love to hear from somebody out there what the overhead crane is actually used for in the process of making these train monitoring systems.