News, March 10,
2016 . . .
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright
tours company in Saint Clair.
by Amy Marchiano, published: March 10, 2016.
|U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, looks
over third rail Wednesday during a tour with Peter Hughes, president of Atlantic
Track, right, Bryan Freed, plant engineer and head of safety, second from right,
and Paul J. Schuler, sales representative for Atlantic Track, back, during a tour
of their facility in the Saint Clair Industrial Park.|
Photo: JACQUELINE DORMER
Saint Clair – U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright,
D-17, Moosic, toured Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. in Saint Clair on Tuesday.
Collins, vice president of grass roots advocacy for the National Railroad Construction
& Maintenance Association, and Peter A. Hughes, president of Atlantic Track &
Turnout Co., invited Cartwright to view the facilities to see what the company
does. The plant celebrated 40 years in the Saint Clair Industrial Park. Thirty-seven
people work at the Saint Clair facility.
makes us unique, I think, is that we are employee-owned,” Hughes told Cartwright.
Headquartered in Bloomfield, New Jersey,
the company makes rail and crane products for freight railroads, transit railroads
and even crane systems. The first order the company received was in 1924, according
to the website, www.atlantictrack.com.
said he has an appreciation for the work they do.
are talking to a big fan of rail. When I was a young fellow, I worked for the
Canadian National Railroad,” he said.
talked about the business and some of the work they have done before taking Cartwright
on a tour of the facility.
electric third rail. We are one of only two companies in the United States that
Hughes said, talking about
how the rail provides electricity to subways and trains for inside the cars. Hughes,
Cartwright, Collins, Paul Schuler, a sales representative with Atlantic Track
& Turnout Co., Ron Hikes, Saint Clair plant manager, Shane Baker, assistant manager,
and, with Cartwright’s office, Bob Morgan, district director, Bob Hanley, economic
development specialist, all went on the tour. Cartwright got to see the day-to-day
operations of the business and meet with the employees. He carefully looked at
the third rail that was eventually headed to Chicago.
for having me here,” he told the employees.
said the visit by Cartwright shows that he cares about the people in his constituency.
He is thankful for the loyalty and dedication of the people who work at the company.
One of those people is Ann Witkowski,
77, New Philadelphia. She has worked for the company for 48 years. The first 10
years she worked as a secretary at the headquarters in New Jersey but is now an
administrator in Saint Clair. She is going to retire March 2017. When she started,
she used a typewriter and fax machine because there were no computers.
meeting with the employees, Hughes asked how long they have worked for the company
and several hands were raised for 5, 10 and 20 years of service.
such a great company no one wants to leave,” Witkowski said.
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Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, center, talks with Peter Hughes, President of Atlantic
Track, left, and Bryan Freed, plant engineer and head of safety, standing right,
Wednesday during a tour of their facility in the Saint Clair Industrial Park in
left, talks with Hughes, during a tour of their facility in
the Saint Clair Industrial Park.
Witkowski, administrator, talks about working for Atlantic Track for 48 years
Wednesday during an interview at their facility in the Saint Clair Industrial
Photo: JACQUELINE DORMER