FreightCar America idling Roanoke plant

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Due to a downturn in new railcar business, FreightCar America will shut down production at its Roanoke, Va. facility in June.

The company previously announced layoffs in February.

By April 24 the company plans to lay off 166 staff and an additional 198 by the end of May, according to local media reports.

The reports said state officials confirmed they received a WARN notice of the layoffs from the company in February. The jobs to be eliminated include 87 welders, 72 fitters, six leaders and three painters.

The company on Thursday posted a notice to employees at the site.