REMSA Member L.B. Foster Hosts Congressman Mike Carey for Tour of Dublin, OH Facility
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16, 2023
Contact: Mike McGonagle
Dublin, Ohio – L.B. Foster Company hosted U.S. House of Representatives Member Mike Carey (OH-15) for a tour of the company’s Dublin, Ohio facility. L.B. Foster provides rail, construction, and energy markets with innovative solutions to build and maintain their critical infrastructure. Rep. Carey currently serves as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as on the Ways and Means Subcommittees on Work and Welfare, and Social Security. Additionally, Rep. Carey serves on the Committee on House Administration.
“It was a great experience hosting Rep. Carey and his staff at our facility. Being able to showcase our technologies and products to show how we strive to make the rail industry safer is paramount to our mission as a company,” said William Treacy, Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at L.B. Foster. “Hosting the Congressman at our Dublin facility was a terrific time; it was especially great to showcase how the WILD IV technology is providing tangible safety benefits to our customers,” added Michael O’Connell, General Manager – Salient for L.B. Foster Company.
The Dublin Ohio facility employs over 20 highly-skilled workers to oversee the manufacturing and final assembly of electronics, software development and testing, electronics hardware development and testing, mechanical design, electronics field service and machining of mechanical components. The primary products manufactured onsite include L.B. Foster’s Wheel Impact Load Detectors (WILD) and Friction Management (FM) control boxes.
L.B. Foster’s WILDs are used to help the North American railroad industry identify unsafe conditions related to railcar wheels. Unsafe conditions that are detected and can lead to a train derailment include overloaded and imbalanced cars, high wheel impacts to the rail, and hunting trucks. With the data collected by the WILDs, railroads can prioritize maintenance based on type of defect. This has resulted in a major reduction in rail and wheel failures and derailments since their introduction, which has ultimately led to greater safety gains in the rail industry overall.
Established in 1902, L.B. Foster Company is a U.S. headquartered company specializing in worldwide transportation and infrastructure markets. Since its inception in 1902, L.B. Foster has expanded its operations globally, and became publicly traded on the NASDAQ in 1981.
L.B. Foster is a member of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), two U.S. trade associations that advocate on behalf of railroad contractors and suppliers. Additionally, Greg Lippard (Senior Vice President – Rail) of L.B. Foster serves on REMSA’s Board of Directors and Doug Combs (Vice President – Rail Sales) from L.B. Foster serves on NRC’s Board of Directors.
Other attendees participating in the tour included: Matt Ginsberg, President, TGA Association Management Solutions, LLC, and Mike McGonagle, NRC Vice President Government Affairs & Operations and REMSA Vice President Government Affairs.
About REMSA - REMSA’s mission is to provide global business development opportunities, to transfer knowledge about markets, products and the industry to members and their customers, and to support the initiatives advancing the North American railroad industry. REMSA was created in 1965 by the merger of the Association of Track and Structure Suppliers and the National Railway Appliances Association, two long-standing organizations in the railroad maintenance-of-way industry. The association represents companies and individuals who manufacture or sell maintenance-of-way equipment, products, and services, or are engineers, contractors and consultants working in construction and/or maintenance of railroad transportation facilities. REMSA members constitute a large part of the maintenance-of-way industry. www.remsa.org
About the NRC - The NRC is a U.S. trade association that advances the mutual interests of railway contractors and suppliers who construct, maintain and supply freight railroads and rail-transit and passenger lines. Founded in 1978, the NRC connects members with other railway industry professionals and government officials and policy makers. The NRC collaborates with its members, government, and industry leaders to create a positive business climate and to make railway construction and maintenance safer and more efficient. www.nrcma.org