Utility Systems Technologies, Inc. will ship its 1,000th unit to a major American rail transport company later this month. This marks a major milestone in the Latham-based company’s 23-year history.

Congressman Paul Tonko, U.S. representative for New York's 20th congressional district, will attend an Aug. 18 event at UST’s Watervliet office to commemorate this event. Tonko congratulated UST on reaching this milestone, and added, “I look forward to many more years of success and contributions to the Capital Region economy. Small businesses like this are the lifeblood of our region, providing good-paying jobs, and a great source of pride for our communities.”

Founded in 1991 by former General Electric engineer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor, Dr. Robert Degeneff, UST began as a two-person start-up in a basement office in Niskayuna, New York. Today UST employs 18 engineers and other professionals. It is a local manufacturer with global reach. UST power conditioning products are in use in 49 states and more than 40 countries, including installations at 25 U.S. embassies. Shipments over the past three years have exceeded 120 units annually.