York County-based CAM Innovation Inc. has landed $5 million worth of contracts to manufacture machinery in Hanover for train-repair factories serving Russian Railways.
The St. Petersburg, Russia-based railway is upgrading its locomotives and maintenance facilities, CAM Innovation President Chuck McGough said. His company has been working in Russia for about 10 years.
Companies that repair the trains for the railway needed new equipment to replace electric motor parts, clean the trains, repair motor housings and varnish the parts to protect them from water, he said.
The contracts have CAM Innovation making about 20 different machines to those ends, including two that are now on their way to Russia, McGough said. The contracts will run through September.
“We’ll probably add two people,” he said. “It’s not atypical to get contracts like this.”
CAM Innovation’s 27 employees make similar machines for other companies in the U.S. and around the world every year, McGough said. Aside from railways and train repair companies, it also makes machines for the wind energy industry and offshore drilling. However, the Russian contract was a long time in the making and McGough sees promise in it.
“We’re hoping this is the first step and it works out well,” he said. “It’ll really open new markets.”