Tuesday, April 14, 2009

FreightCar America suspends Roanoake production

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FreightCar America Inc. Monday announced a “temporary suspension of railcar production on a selective basis until the railcar market strengthens” at its Roanoke, Va., plant, which it has leased from Norfolk Southern since 2005. FCA workers at the former NS East End Shops (originally a Norfolk & Western car shop) have been producing aluminum coal cars there, including a new-design hybrid stainless steel/aluminum car. FCA said production will be suspended after current work orders are completed. Approximately 210 employees will be affected by the suspensions. Operations might be extended if additional orders are received, but there has been no indication any are forthcoming. Operations at FCA’s Danville, Ill., plant will not be affected.