U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Visits IP Automation Manufacturing Facility in Colorado Springs, CO
Friday, August 29, 2014
by: Ashley Bosch

Section: 2014 NRC Grassroots Events

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Colorado Springs, CO - On 8/29/14, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05) joined representatives from IP Automation and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of IP Automation's manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, CO on August 29. Additional attendees included representatives from NRC member company Herzog Contracting Corp., the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Pikes Peak Community College, the Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, El Paso County, as well as additional local businesses and members of the media.

Upon his arrival, Congressman Lamborn was greeted by IP Automation's executive team, including President Ilia Petkov, Ken Krassy, Jimmy Clem, and Bogomil Banchev. IP Automation is an engineering firm that specializes in designing, fabricating, manufacturing, and assembling equipment and components for various industries, including the rail industry.

During the tour, the Congressman had an opportunity to see IP Automation's patented HYENA - Safelok Rail Clip Removal and Installation Tool. This tool allows for one operator to install, stage, or remove rail clips when constructing or performing maintenance on rail.

The Congressman discussed the value of small businesses like IP Automation to the local and national economy. "Small businesses like IP Automation are the backbone of the American economy. They create most of our jobs, so we must have good energy, healthcare, regulation, and taxation policies in Washington" said Congressman Lamborn. "This will allow small businesses to thrive and unleash their innovations and creativity." Congressman Lamborn serves on the Armed Services Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

The event was also covered in:

Lamborn Makes Stop in Colorado Springs. Fox 21: http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1090303
Congressman Lamborn's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RepDLamborn/status/505417878213259264
IP Automation hosts Rep. Lamborn. RT&S: http://www.rtands.com/index.php/track-maintenance/off-track-maintenance/ip-automation-hosts-rep-lamborn.html
Rail Supplier News. Progressive Railroading: http://www.progressiverailroading.com/supplier_spotlight/news/Rail-supplier-news-from-Loram-Alstom-ASAL-Bombardier-IP-Automation-and-NRC-Sept-8---41775

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