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NAI Crane System Helps Keep Trains on Schedule

August 2009

WOBURN, Massachusetts – North American Industries (NAI) has been selected to provide an overhead crane system to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), a commuter rail service that connects the Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The VRE is building a maintenance facility at Broad Run to service and repair rail cars and locomotives. The $5.7 million project, which is being funded through state and federal grants, calls for the construction of a 14,700-square-foot maintenance building that will include a heavy-duty Class D single-girder top running bridge crane with 10 tons of lifting capacity. The crane, designed and built by NAI, will be used to lift parts out of locomotives for replacement or repair. The new maintenance facility and its overhead crane will improve the efficiency of the rail service and minimize the number of train delays due to unplanned downtime. The project’s general contractor is scheduled to complete the project by the summer of 2010.

NAI is a leading manufacturer of industrial overhead cranes including bridge cranes, gantry cranes, monorails, jib cranes, and custom-engineered systems. With its large, experienced engineering group, technical sales force and over 40 years of manufacturing expertise, the Company is well-positioned to handle the needs of a diverse range of end users. NAI designs, manufactures and installs crane components and full crane systems for the military and municipalities as well as large and small operating businesses on a global basis. The Company is a member of the CMAA (Crane Manufacturers Association of America), and its crane systems are frequently featured in HOIST magazine.

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