Chinese company breaks ground on U.S. manufacturing plant

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Top executives from the China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. were joined by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week for the groundbreaking of a new railcar manufacturing plant in Springfield. The railcar assembly plant will be used to build subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Orange and Red Lines, the agency’s blog said.

"These new cars will replace Orange Line and Red Lines cars that are more than 30 years old, and create needed manufacturing jobs," says MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. "It’s a major investment in the future of public transportation in Greater Boston, as well as a sizeable investment in the Western Massachusetts regional economy," he added.

The commuter agency awarded the Chinese government-owned manufacturer a $566 million contract to design and manufacture 152 new Orange Line vehicles and 132 new Red Line vehicles.

Construction on the $95 million facility will begin in spring of 2016. Full production at the facility is expected in spring 2018.

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