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 Post subject: Progress Rail looks at closing La Grange engine plant
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:47 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Progress Rail looks at closing La Grange engine plant
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:07 pm 

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*sigh*

"Contemplating" You don't put out a press release to announce what you are only "contemplating" unless they are looking for incentives to keep the jobs there OR are looking for incentives from the other or another location entirely.

Are generators and traction motors still being made there?


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 Post subject: Re: Progress Rail looks at closing La Grange engine plant
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In my opinion all you really need to do is decode some of the language in this press release to get what's up.

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"Caterpillar ... negotiated a package of incentives with Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in 2016 as part of the restructuring ... Progress Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., recently announced that it is contemplating the closure of its engine manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Illinois ... [it] routinely reviews its strategic footprint and, as a result, is evaluating how to use its existing manufacturing space as efficiently as possible to remain a competitive supplier to the rail industry [and] is contemplating transitioning manufacturing and assembly to Progress Rail facilities in the United States, including Winston-Salem, North Carolina...


Cutting to the chase, the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois better start ponying up a suitable package of incentives to keep the business there. And they better start to work on it rather fast.

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 Post subject: Re: Progress Rail looks at closing La Grange engine plant
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:19 pm 
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filmteknik wrote:
Are generators and traction motors still being made there?


The engines and the generators are still manufactured at La Grange (for now), the traction motor production there was discontinued many years ago.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:17 pm 

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So where are EMD motors made now?


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Depending on type and model, EMD traction motors in recent years have been manufactured in Germany, Canada or Mexico.

For any who may be interested in the manufacturing process at EMD in the 1970s and 1980s, when essentially all of the locomotive was still built in the United States, there is going to be a multi-part series on EMD and its locomotive building operations, as they were in that time period. It will begin in the next issue of the R&LHS magazine RAILROAD HISTORY (Issue #218), due out in May. The series will extend through several subsequent issues. Persons who are on the membership list by March should receive Issue #218.

http://www.rlhs.org

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