Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pacific Rail Services to close Memphis office

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Though the rail industry shows signs of being part of – or even leading – an economic recovery, rail suppliers are still adjusting to difficult fiscal realities. That’s the apparent basis for Pacific Rail Services LLC’s decision to close its Memphis, Tenn., office at year’s end, eliminating 118 positions in the process.

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A company spokesperson noted,  “We don’t like to deal with press on this; there’s unions involved and dicey things, and we’re not going to make a statement.” Pacific Rail Services employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which so far also has declined to comment.

Pacific Rail Services, described on its own website as “a California company,” provides railroad flatcar bridges, rail car bridges, and engineering and installation services, as well as maintenance-of-way services. The company employs about 800.