The parent, Wabtec Corp., formerly Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp., said the Boise plant’s manufacturing operations would be consolidated with Wabtec’s plant in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“MotivePower has been a proud part of Boise for decades and news of their closure was a bit like hearing about the loss of a friend,” Boise Mayor David Bieter said in a statement. “Unfortunately, when companies are bought and sold, this kind of thing happens — though to MotivePower employees I know that is little consolation.”
The company did not say how many workers are affected, although MotivePower has employed hundreds of people in years past — 750 in 2007 and 550 in 2012, after the Great Recession. In 2016, amid a downturn in the freight business, it laid off 210 people, which MotivePower’s then-general manager described as “close to half” of its workforce.
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