Source: New York Air Brake announcement

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – New York Air Brake LLC (NYAB), a global manufacturer of innovative train control systems for the railroad industry, has awarded a grant totaling $250,000 to support a major capital improvement project for the Watertown Family YMCA.

The grant, being awarded in five $50,000 increments over a five-year span, will assist the center as part of a $20 million project to renovate and relocate the Y’s wellness and aquatic center into a significantly larger downtown facility. The project will result in a new Downtown YMCA Community and Aquatic Center, providing a significant increase in both capacity and programming while maintaining the center’s historic downtown location.

“New York Air Brake has been part of the Watertown community going back to 1890, while our local YMCA has been here since 1855,” said Ulisses Camilo, New York Air Brake president and CEO. “The impact that this organization has had over many generations on the local economy, area families, and the people of New York Air Brake is immeasurable. Now the YMCA is continuing its investment in our community by revitalizing and increasing its services, and we are honored and excited to be part of this momentous effort.”

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Enthusiastic Support for a Cherished Institution

New York Air Brake awarded its first $50,000 installment for the project in 2020, kicking off a project that has earned wide support throughout the community. Keith Perry, manager of field service for NYAB, project manager for the company’s Community Cares effort, and a longtime member of the Watertown Family YMCA, cited the significance of the expansion, which will result in a larger indoor facility for the community to enjoy year-round.

“There’s really no other agency or entity that provides as broad a scope of programming in support of families in our community,” Perry said.

He noted that NYAB was enthusiastic about supporting the project from its earliest stages, when the company became one of the first major contributors to the campaign.

“The YMCA approached NYAB as one of the premier manufacturing companies in the area to get a sense of how the community and the company would respond,” Perry said, explaining that the agency’s initial request for grant funding occurred even before the YMCA kicked off its campaign efforts. “When the proposal was presented, New York Air Brake leadership unanimously approved the $250,000 grant, recognizing that the YMCA is one of the most pivotal support entities in Jefferson County.”

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