Thursday, October 29, 2009

Alstom reported set to trim Hornell, N.Y. work force

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Alstom SA will let go as many as 502 employees at its Hornell, N.Y., rail assembly plant, beginning in January. The move follows the release of roughly 200 employees last spring; the cuts scheduled for 2010 would reduce the plant’s staffing to between 200 and 300 workers.

Industry observers blame a reduction in rail transit orders for the work force reductions, though Alstom has said it intends to compete vigorously for new orders expected to come from Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, and New York City.