Date: February 4, 2008

Local Navy Technology Project Receives Federal Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. … High-tech circuit breakers to be used in the U.S. Navy’s combat ships are being developed locally with the help of federal funding. Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) along with other members of the Pennsylvania delegation secured $600,000 for the technology.

“The U.S. has the most modern and powerful naval fleet in the world, and Southwestern Pennsylvania is at the forefront of creating the technology it runs on,” said Congressman Tim Murphy. “Today’s ships require state-of-the-art electronic systems to operate. As a result, new circuit breaker technology is necessary for the electrical systems to function properly and safely. These funds will be used in the development of the high-tech circuit breakers right here in our region, helping our local economy.”

The project is being developed by Eaton Corporation’s Electrical Group, which is headquartered in Moon Township and employs 750 workers in Findlay and Moon Townships. The funding was included in the 2008 Defense Appropriations Act. The legislation outlines the federal government’s spending for the Department of Defense in the upcoming year.

“Eaton is proud to provide the technological innovation and engineering necessary to help the Navy maintain its state-of-the-art fleet,” said Randy Carson, Eaton senior vice president and president, Electrical Group.

“Through companies such as Eaton and its employees, Pittsburgh is making a positive contribution to defending our nation,” concluded Congressman Murphy. “The success of our military depends heavily on the research and development done by the private sector. I will continue to ensure Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in the development of this and other groundbreaking technology. Not only is it vital to our national security, but by creating jobs it provides local economic security.”


Mark Horner
Manager, Public Relations and Internal Communications
Eaton Corporation, Electrical Group

Mark Carpenter
Communications Director
Office of Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-2301