GE to Build GEVO Engines in Russia

General Electric Transportation recently signed a business plan to launch a venture with Transmasholdings to build GEVO locomotives at a new facility in Penza, Russia.

GE transportationThe company said the agreement is part of a series of initiatives aimed at accelerating GE’s localization of technology across the oil and gas, power, and transportation industries in Russia.

Locomotives built in the plant will be used on Russian Railways. Initial production is expected to be up to 250 engines per year for locomotives and other uses.

It is not clear what, if any, effect this will have on production at GE’s Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturing plant or Grove City, Pennsylvania, engine plant.

Union officials in Erie are bracing for layoffs this year after the company said that locomotive orders are expected to decline.

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