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.