Monday, April 4, 2011

General Electric Looks at Lynn MA Plant For Locomotive Assembly - TRAINS Magazine

ERIE, PA. — General Electric Transportation is considering using a closed gear plant in Lynn, Mass., to handle overflow locomotive assembly work from its Erie plant, Lynn’s Daily Item has reported. GE’s River Works gear plant closed in January.

GE spokesman Richard Gorham confirmed the plan is “in the earliest stages of review.” He said the plant’s high ceilings and heavy-duty cranes “make it advantageous” for rail-related manufacturing. It also helps that the plant sits adjacent to the Pan Am Railways/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority line to Salem and Newburyport, Mass.

GE is the biggest manufacturer of locomotives in North America. Currently, all assembly is done in Erie. The company has continued to receive strong orders for freight locomotives, and is eyeing a return to the passenger diesel business if orders materialize.
READ: General Electric looks at Massachusetts plant for locomotive assembly - TRAINS Magazine

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