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UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL LAUNCHES MAJOR EXPANSION IN PITTSBURGH

 PITTSBURGH, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Switch & Signal Inc., a leading supplier of signaling, control, and automation products and systems for railroads and rail transit operations, announced plans to build a new $20 million, 175,000-square-foot Systems & Research Center along Pittsburgh's new technology-based waterfront.
 At a news conference hosted by Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey and Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff, Walter Alessandrini, president and CEO of Union Switch & Signal, provided details about the new facility.
 The company will be the third major tenant of the Pittsburgh Technology Center, a development project aimed at revitalizing Pittsburgh's near-downtown waterfront area. In addition to Union Switch & Signal's new building, the 49-acre former steel mill site will house a facility for the Carnegie Mellon University Applied Research Center and a center for bioengineering and biotechnology for the University of Pittsburgh.
 Alessandrini cited recent growth in each of Union Switch & Signal's transportation business areas and expected continuation of the same as the major factors for the new facility. It will house US&S's systems, engineering, and centralized research & development operations.
 In 1992, Union Switch & Signal won major contracts from Los Angeles for the first driverless passenger transit control system in North America, and from Boston for the first fully centralized urban transportation operations control center.
 With the likelihood of increases in funding for mass transit development around the country, predicted growth in the railroad business, and a rapidly expanding international market, Alessandrini noted that US&S decided to build a facility that would accommodate its needs beyond the 700 employees it expects to have in Pittsburgh in 1995. About 500 employees are currently employed at two suburban Pittsburgh locations.
 For more than 100 years, Union Switch & Signal Inc. has been a world leader in the design and manufacture of state-of-the-art signaling, control, and automation products and systems for railroads and rail transit operations.
 US&S maintains its systems operations, engineering and centralized research & development in Pittsburgh; its components operations and service & training in Batesburg, S.C.; and its headquarters in Columbia, S.C.
 of the Ansaldo Group of Genoa, Italy. Ansaldo is an international producer of transportation, energy, and industrial systems and employs 20,000 people worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Florence of US&S, 803-929-1200, or fax, 803-929-1219/


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