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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.

Saint Clair – U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, toured Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. in Saint Clair on Tuesday.

Lindsey 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.

“What 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,

Cartwright said he has an appreciation for the work they do.

“You are talking to a big fan of rail. When I was a young fellow, I worked for the Canadian National Railroad,” he said.

Hughes talked about the business and some of the work they have done before taking Cartwright on a tour of the facility.

“We make electric third rail. We are one of only two companies in the United States that make it,”

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.

“Thanks for having me here,” he told the employees.

Hughes 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.

When 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.

“It’s such a great company no one wants to leave,” Witkowski said.

Link to news story.



U.S. 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 Saint Clair.


Cartwright, left, talks with Hughes, during a tour of their facility in the Saint Clair Industrial Park.

Ann Witkowski, administrator, talks about working for Atlantic Track for 48 years Wednesday during an interview at their facility in the Saint Clair Industrial Park.


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