Erie, Grove City Plans to Benefit From GE Order

GE Transportation has signed deals worth $900 million to build 300 switch engines for the Kazakhstan national railroad.

The agreement is expected to boost the fortunes of GE Transportation’s Grove City, Pennsylvania, engine plant and, to a lesser extent, its Erie assembly plant.

The order is not expected to have a major effect on the Erie plant, which GE has said will cease assembling locomotives by the middle of next year.

However, a GE spokeswoman said that engineers based in Erie will work on the order.

The engines for the Kazakhstan order will be built in Grove City. Final assembly of the locomotives will take place at a GE plant in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the state-run railroad of Kazakhstan is GE Transportation’s largest international customer.

Aside from the 300 switcher locomotives, the contracts call for GE to maintain and repair 175 Evolution™ Series passenger locomotives.

The first two switchers are expected to be delivered in 2019, with the remainder to be delivered over the next 10 years.

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