Ansaldo STS Publishes 130th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Sep 15, 2011, 11:13 ET from Ansaldo STS

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ansaldo STS (formerly known as Union Switch & Signal) proudly announces the publication of Safety On The Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story, a retrospective book that commemorates Union Switch & Signal's 130th anniversary.

Inventor George Westinghouse founded Union Switch & Signal (US&S) in 1881. The book details the inspiring story of railroading history and the company's humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Westinghouse. The story follows the company through its failures and successes as it weathered the storms of economic depressions, wars, and the challenges of technological advancements.

Ansaldo STS commissioned Joanne L. Harris, president of Harris Marketing Communications in West Palm Beach, Florida, to write the book, and to chronicle the technological innovations that Union Switch & Signal developed, as well as the men and women whose relentless work ethic and innovative insight set the stage for such an enriching story. The company's employees are highlighted as the foundation of both its past and future success as one of Pittsburgh's oldest and most historical companies.

The hardcover, 192-page book also features rare photographs of the company, its people and the customers it served, dating back to the 1890s.

Copies of Safety On The Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story, are available through Simmons Boardman Publishing, at

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Ansaldo STS, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, is an International leading technology company operating in the global Railway & Mass Transit Transportation business with the provision of traffic management, planning, train control and signaling systems, and services.  It acts as lead contractor and turnkey provider on major projects worldwide.  Ansaldo STS is headquartered in Genoa, Italy, and employs over 4,200 people in 28 countries.  In 2008, its revenues reached euro 1,106 M, with a gross operating margin of euro 118 M and net profits of euro 77.6 M.