September 13, 2010
Classifieds in this issue include executive and managerial positions with transit agencies and vendors throughout North America!
APTA Welcomes Its First Polish Member: Business Group R&G
APTA announces that R&G, a privately owned technology business group dedicated to the design, development, and manufacture of operating support systems for public transportation, has become its first Polish member. The company is located in Mielec, in the southern part of the country.
Aspiring entrepreneurs find Poland, with its free-market economy, a particularly fertile ground for their efforts. With its rapid growth, Poland continues to improve and expand its transportation infrastructure—and R&G has been part of this effort for almost 20 years, when its founders developed the first paper ticket validator. Wacław Graniczka, a young engineer who now serves as president of the company, came up with the idea.
Under Graniczka’s leadership, R&G has become a prominent manufacturer of real-time electronic information displays and transportation data analysis solutions. It has also developed advanced traffic management systems, advanced traveler information systems, advanced vehicle control systems, and electronic payment/fee collection systems.
The company currently employs nearly 300 workers and it has exported its products to 13 European countries. R&G is also a supportive member of its local community, with nearly one-third of its payroll consisting of workers with disabilities.
R&G representatives visited APTA headquarters in May and soon after joined the association. “Joining APTA is the best way for us to learn about the U.S. market and meet potential customers and partners,” said Robert Pezda, vice president, commercial.
The company also encourages U.S. companies to look to Poland as a way to expand into the mainstream European markets. Centered at the crossroads of Europe and a member of the European Union, Poland offers some distinct advantages.
“The only obstacle between the U.S. and Poland is distance,” said Graniczka, adding that he believes “this is only a temporary problem as American and Polish companies establish partnerships.”