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[US] Boise’s unique locomotive maker once employed 750 people. Now its factory is closing



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[US] Boise’s unique locomotive maker once employed 750 people. Now its factory is closing
20. September 2019, kl. 19:55
Locomotive manufacturer MotivePower Inc. will close its Boise plant, its parent company says, marking the end of an unique industrial role for Boise.

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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