Crash dummy firm moving to Boonsboro

March 19, 1997


Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - The building at 3 Orchard Drive that once housed the London Fog coat factory will reopen on April 2 as the General Engineering and Systems Analysis Company, Inc., which makes test sleds for crash dummies.

The company, known as GESAC, which is moving here from Kearneysville, W.Va., has 10 employees, said owner N. Rangarajan. He said an additional nine to 11 employees would be hired for the Boonsboro plant.

Those hired would include two or three design engineers, six or seven machinists and a person to work on instrumentation, Rangarajan said.


"We are also looking for retired people to work a little each week," he said.

"We are a design, manufacturing and testing company," said Rangarajan, 52. "We design, manufacture and test crash test dummies."

Rangarajan said the company's move was a matter of space and cost.

"We needed a large building. We found a great building, reasonably priced. That's the reason we moved," he said.

Rangarajan said he wants to start an apprenticeship program.

GESAC Inc., founded 12 years ago, does contract work for government agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Army, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

Projects cover biomedical engineering, testing chemical masks for the Army and "anything in automotive safety," Rangarajan said.

Rangarajan, a Silver Spring, Md., resident who plans to move to Hagerstown, said the company also sells computer software.

"It is used by people who design safety systems for cars - air bags, belts and seats."

GESAC has a yearly volume of under $5 million. Its clients include companies in Spain, England, Korea and Australia, Rangarajan said.

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