Quixote Corporation Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation as the Worldwide Leader of Transportation Safety
CHICAGO–Quixote Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation safety products and advanced technologies, celebrated its 40 year anniversary in July 2009. The company looks back on four decades of saving lives and leading the advance of transportation safety through research and innovation – and sees an even brighter future of safe, efficient transportation around the world.
Bruce Reimer, Quixote Corporation CEO and President, said of the 40th Anniversary, “We happily mark this significant milestone and are proud to reflect on a history of advancing transportation safety and saving lives. We put an endless amount of thought and energy into the design, quality and performance of all of our products and look forward to continuing to lead the industry into even safer transportation for the future.”
Quixote has a long tradition of protecting motorists and workers. The Company’s first patent was granted in 1969 for an energy-absorbing bumper for vehicles. In an innovate twist, Quixote’s founders decided to reformat that technology and developed the first crash cushion to place in front of roadside hazards. Since then, Quixote has forged a path of constant progress and innovation that has led the industry over the years and played a defining role in the transportation safety industry as it is known today.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Energy Absorption Systems, Inc., Quixote is a leading developer and provider of energy-absorbing crash cushions and roadway safety systems. Quixote’s crash cushions protect motorists from the ends of guardrails and concrete median barriers using advanced, energy-absorbing technology. This same technology has been adapted for use on the back of work vehicles in the form of truck-mounted attenuators to protect drivers and workers from potentially fatal rear-end impacts.
After its acquisition of Safe-Hit® Corporation in 1993, the Company also became a major supplier of flexible guide posts, portable sign systems, glare screens and retractable posts. These products play an important role in preventing collisions and helping control traffic flow.
Quixote’s progressive philosophy and evolution, along with its new solutions and technologies, now also finds the Company a leader in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Increasingly sought by departments of transportation, Quixote’s ITS technology addresses traffic problems, such as congestion, and reduces both the number and severity of crashes. This expanded focus on technology not only allows the company to enhance highway conditions by providing data and information, but allows Quixote to continue to strengthen and extend the application of its core products.
Additional acquisitions have enabled Quixote to further advance traffic safety and offer an increasingly comprehensive solution for roads and highways worldwide. With its acquisition of Highway Information Systems, Inc., Quixote became a leading domestic provider of highway advisory radio systems. The addition of Nu-Metrics®, Inc. also helped make Quixote a leading manufacturer of electronic measuring devices, and with the acquisition of Surface Systems, Inc., Quixote became the premier provider of Road and Runway Weather Information Systems in the U.S.
Headquartered in Chicago, Quixote operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and globally, providing worldwide access to the company’s premier transportation safety solutions and advanced technologies. Additionally, Quixote owns and operates a research center in Rocklin, Calif. that includes and onsite test track, allowing the company to conduct its own full-scale crash tests.
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