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Chinese-Owned Rail Car Factory In Springfield Dodges Federal Ban

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A Chinese government-owned rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts will stay in business despite attempts by some in Washington to shut it down.

Language inserted into a Pentagon spending bill by Democratic Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield gives CRRC a two-year window to compete for federally-funded transit projects across the country.

Lydia Rivera, a spokesperson for CRRC, praised Neal and said the compromise saves about 200 union jobs.

"It is about jobs and improving the local economy in western Massachusetts," said Rivera.

Critics contend CRRC unfairly undercuts its competition and may even pose a threat to national security.

The Springfield factory is currently producing new subway cars for Boston’s MBTA.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.