Tuesday, January 19, 2010

EMD to build new traction motor rebuild facility

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Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. announced Tuesday that it is constructing a rebuild facility for traction motors and other electrical equipment in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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“This new traction motor rebuilding facility will be the best in North America,” said John S. Hamilton, president and CEO of Electro-Motive Diesel.  “With nearly 24,000 EMD locomotives in operation throughout North America, the San Luis Potosi operation will be uniquely positioned to enhance the reliability of every one of them.” 

The city of San Luis Potosi is the capital and most populous city in its namesake state, and lies at the crossroads of distribution, commercialization, and import-export activities between its cities, borders and ports.  EMD considers the city one of the most important railway centers in Mexico, due both to the number of rail-oriented workshops and the combined length of installed track. 

“EMD continues to invest extensively in providing after-sales service.  Wehave previously established turbocharger and engine remanufacturingcapabilities, and this broadens our services extensively,” said Hamilton. “Traction motor maintenance is one of the most significant railroad operating expenses.  The new EMD rebuild facility will provide customers with the OEM features, quality, and reliability necessary to maximize traction motor efficiency for their locomotives.”

Martha Elena Meade Espinoza, secretary of Economic Development for the State of San Luis Potosi, added, “We are delighted that a global leader in the railway business like EMD has chosen to locate in San Luis Potosi.  EMD selected this location due to our skilled and competitive workforce, long experience in the railway business, and the modern transportation and logistics infrastructure that will permit EMD to serve its customer base.”