No decision on future of EMDs Canada facility

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LONDON, Ont. – The announcement last week that Progress Rail would open a new locomotive plant in Muncie, Ind. (Trains News Wire, Oct. 29, 2010) has led to speculation about the future of EMD’s London, Ont., facility. Progress Rail is a subsidiary of Caterpillar, the company that recently purchased Electro-Motive Diesel. EMD is North America’s second-largest builder of road diesel locomotives and currently assembles its locomotives at the London plant. Caterpillar could choose to switch EMD locomotive construction to the new Muncie facility, but no decision on the plant’s future has been made public yet.

Progress Rail spokeswoman Barbara Cox issued a written statement about the situation that said, “There is some speculation surrounding the future of the London locomotive plant. However, that’s all it is - speculation. We’re not going to comment on or add to any speculation. The fact is that over the last six months, Progress Rail has made significant announcements about its growth and investment in the rail industry. It’s all about serving our customers and doing it better than the competition, and we need to have the facilities and operations in place that allow us to do those things and stay competitive.”
LONDON, Ont. – The announcement last week that Progress Rail would open a new locomotive plant in Muncie, Ind. (Trains News Wire, Oct. 29, 2010) has led to speculation about the future of EMD’s London, Ont., facility. Progress Rail is a subsidiary of Caterpillar, the company that recently purchased Electro-Motive Diesel. EMD is North America’s second-largest builder of road diesel locomotives and currently assembles its locomotives at the London plant. Caterpillar could choose to switch EMD locomotive construction to the new Muncie facility, but no decision on the plant’s future has been made public yet.

Progress Rail spokeswoman Barbara Cox issued a written statement about the situation that said, “There is some speculation surrounding the future of the London locomotive plant. However, that’s all it is - speculation. We’re not going to comment on or add to any speculation. The fact is that over the last six months, Progress Rail has made significant announcements about its growth and investment in the rail industry. It’s all about serving our customers and doing it better than the competition, and we need to have the facilities and operations in place that allow us to do those things and stay competitive.”
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