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More Work Lined Up For Western Mass. Rail Car Factory


More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

CRRC has secured a contract to build 45 train cars for Philadelphia’s transit system. The Chinese government- owned company is building a huge plant in Springfield that will be its North American headquarters. 

General Manager Mark Smith said the first group of the more than 150 expected production workers will begin training later this Spring in China.

"We'll have a crew of folks go over ( to China), and we'll send a second round over and then they'll come back and be our core training team here in Springfield," Smith explained.

The plant is to make 284 subway cars for the MBTA.  

Production is scheduled to start in 2018

CRRC also has a contracy to produce cars for the Los Angeles mass transit system.