Kentucky Locomotive Rebuild Plan to Gain More Work

A Kentucky facility of Progress Rail is expected to gain work moved there by the closing of a locomotive rebuilding plant in Washington State in 2021.

The company plans to close the facility in Tacoma, Washington, and move some of its work to rebuilding plants in Mayfield, Kentucky, and Patterson, Georgia.

In a statement, Progress Rail said it expects to close the Tacoma facility by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

The statement cited a desire to “eliminate excess capacity and gain necessary efficiencies.”

A notice filed with the Washington State Employment Security Department said 54 employees will be affected and that layoffs will begin on Feb. 9 with eligible workers receiving a severance package.

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