GE And Harris Corporation Form Joint Venture To Develop Electronic Rail Traffic and Train Control Systems

July 10, 1995
ERIE, PA/MELBOURNE, FL -- General Electric and Harris Corporation have formed a joint venture -- combining their transportation and electronics expertise to design, manufacture and market advanced electronic systems for railroads and transit authorities worldwide. The companies estimate that the global market for train control systems is about $6 billion annually.

The new GE-Harris Railway Electronics joint venture has been formed by GE Transportation Systems Division, a leading manufacturer of locomotives with more than 100 years experience in the railroad business, and Harris Corporation, a major supplier of information and communication systems, including railroad control systems.

The new company will be headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania and have design and manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Florida. It initially will include about 75 employees from GE and Harris who will have access to product development and technology resources of the two owner companies.

GE-Harris Railway Electronics will design, integrate and market advanced electronic systems that help automate and make railroads more efficient, according to company officials. Passenger and freight carriers are looking for new electronic systems that monitor and control individual locomotives and entire rail systems -- increasing their hauling capacity, reducing fuel consumption and enhancing safety.

"This new company will combine the skills, resources and efforts of GE and Harris to bring a new generation of rail traffic and train control to the rail and transit industries around the world," said David Calhoun, president and CEO of GE Transportation Systems.

Dr. Allen Henry, president of Harris' Electronic Systems Sector, said, "We have extensive experience in developing technology for a variety of transportation applications. By joining with GE, we can combine our capabilities with their locomotive technology, production and marketing expertise to accelerate the acceptance of these technologies."

GE Transportation Systems is headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, with additional manufacturing facilities in Grove City, Pennsylvania. It is one of the 12 major businesses of General Electric Company. The division is a leading supplier of surface transportation systems, with products in operation throughout the world. In addition to manufacturing and servicing locomotives, the division also produces electric propulsion systems and control equipment for rapid transit vehicles and motorized wheels and control systems for off-highway vehicles.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semiconductors, communications, and Lanier Worldwide office equipment. The company's Electronic Systems Sector conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces state-of-the-art systems for government agencies and commercial organizations in the U.S. and overseas. The sector also is a major supplier of railroad control systems for the remote monitoring and control of locomotive power.

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