New York Air Brake LLC (NYAB), a provider of braking control systems for the railroad industry, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) on August 17. The notice, filed with the North Country Region, indicates NYAB would transfer its peripheral assembly production lines from its New York facility to its Premtec facility in Salisbury, North Carolina.
The layoff will affect 38 employees and begin no later than November 14. The company expects to move to be completed before the end of February 2018. Other employees housed in its Watertown facility at 749 Starbuck Avenue will not be affected by the transition.
The New York-based company was founded in July 1890 after acquiring the Eames Vacuum Brake Company. By 1918, NYAB had 7,000 employees who produced horse-drawn cannons and other military weapons. After World War I, the company developed a braking system known as AB brake, which would later be utilized in passenger trains and high-speed locomotives.
Today, NYAB produces brake control systems, bogie equipment, brake cylinders and slack adjusters, air hose products and air dryer oil-free compressors.