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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., company relocating facility

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A local railway communications company that has operated in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., since the early 1970s has announced its closure, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Safetran Systems, on Seventh Street near Haven Avenue, will close in seven to 14 months and move its operations closer to headquarters in Louisville, Ken.


In a letter sent to employees last week, "heightened difficulty" experienced by the global economy and the rail industry was to blame for the closure. Safetran is a subsidiary of the United Kingdom-based Invensys Rail Systems.


In a letter to employees, Terri Wiethorn, vice president of human resources called the closure an "extremely difficult decision. The decision to close manufacturing operations at Rancho Cucamonga is a strategic business decision to ensure that the company's manufacturing operations are utilized in the most efficient way possible to remain competitive," according to the letter.


Safetran manufactures components for railroad signal systems and other communications devices.

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