The building at 929 McLaughlin Run Road is set to become home to Site-Specific Solutions, a company that develops and manufactures lightning protection for railroad electronics systems.
“You drive down the road and you see those little silver houses next to railroad tracks,” said company owner Ronald Capan. “Well, our stuff goes in there to help protect the electronic signaling systems that keep the trains running.”
The company boasts a 0% failure rate to date, he said, and has contracts with several rail operators, including Union-Pacific. An electrical engineer by training, Capan provided a detailed, yet surprisingly accessible overview of his company’s work. You can watch it in the video above.
Council voted 6-0 to approve a permit that will allow Site-Specific Solutions to operate out of the building. The motion read:
The applicant proposes to conduct light manufacturing of electrical products specifically designed for the railroad industry at this site. Light Manufacturing is subject to §903.23 of the zoning ordinance. The applicant has met all requirements as set forth in the ordinance with the Planning Commission and Engineer Sites recommending consideration of the application by Council.