Graham-White – Roanoke, VA

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Headquartered in Salem, VA, with facilities in Nevada and Louisiana, Graham-White has worked with rail and specialty vehicle businesses since the early 1900s.  The company develops heavy-duty pneumatic and electro-pneumatic valves and is the world technology leader in the drying of compressed air for locomotives and rail transit vehicles.

Graham-White’s 400-plus employees use advanced manufacturing techniques, including solid modeling, 3D imaging, and lean production methods, with the aim of creating products with zero defects.  Jim Somerville, Director of OEM Freight Accounts, says, “Working together we built a company now celebrating a centennial of service to our customers, our community, and our country.”

At the same time, Graham-White is committed to its employees, offering its full-time staff a comprehensive benefits package, which in addition to health and dental plans, includes health and wellness programs, flexible work hours, and paid life insurance. Supporting its team members in this way is only possible because of purchase orders that come in from companies that use Graham-White parts to build locomotives.

Without the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, American companies that use Graham-White parts will find it harder to compete in the global market.  For instance, Graham-White helped supply parts for GE trains that have been exported to South Africa. If the financing to secure deals like that one is not in place, purchase orders may drop and Graham-White and its employees may suffer too.