Calspan Corporation Awarded $40 Million Contract

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM EDT

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Calspan Corporation Awarded $40 Million Contract

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM EDT

Washington D.C. (WKBW release) -- New York representatives Kathy Hochul and Brian Higgins announced Monday that Calspan Corporation, known for significant innovations in aerospace and transportation safety, has been awarded a $40 million federal contract to operate the National Automotive Sampling System Zone Center 1, which helps establish a nationwide effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths on highways.

“This is exciting news for the people of Western New York, not only because it will help protect our commuters, but also reinvest in our local economy, which so badly needs it,” said Hochul. “I am confident that this $40 million contract will go towards making great ideas a reality, as Calspan has done when they filed the original patent for the seat belt and developed a precursor to the modern day crash test dummy. But in the time until then, I am glad to know that this contract will help Calspan secure jobs and open pathways to additional businesses here in Western New York.”

"Calspan has a long history and a great future as an innovator," said Higgins. "The cutting edge research and work happening right here in our backyard, under the great leadership of Lou Knotts, John Yurtchuk and their team, is improving transportation safety all across the nation."

Within New York, Calspan has offices in both Erie and Niagara Counties, and has three other locations around the nation, as well as three locations internationally.