PADUCAH, Ky. — More than 60 workers at National Railway Equipment Co.’s locomotive and locomotive components repair shop in Paducah will be out of work by the end of this month, WPSD-6-TV in Kentucky reports.
Between 60 and 65 notices were distributed to employees in December 2016 with an effective date of Jan. 31, 2017. A total of 100 workers are employed at the Paducah site.
According to NRE spokesperson Hal Burgan, some of Paducah’s locomotive wheel and electric work will be absorbed by its facility in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
The reduction in workforce is being attributed to the national downturn in freight business.
“NRE is actively pursuing domestic and international bids, and when locomotive sales increase NRE will bring people back to work,” says Buran in a statement.