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Rail suppliers say they would bump up U.S. manufacturing for HSR development

On Dec. 4, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood held a conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss domestic high-speed rail manufacturing.

Speaking to more than 100 business leaders, union representatives, and industry groups and experts, LaHood announced that more than 30 domestic and foreign rail suppliers have committed to establish or expand their operations in the United States if they are chosen by states to build high-speed rail lines. The press release issued by the Federal Railroad Administration about the event did not include further details of what was discussed.

The U.S. Department of Transportation hopes the $8 billion available in high-speed rail stimulus funds will help reinvigorate the country’s manufacturing base. In addition, the department wants to establish joint ventures with foreign firms that expertise and establish or expand their operations in the U.S., LaHood said.

According to the USDOT, the rail suppliers that have said they would expand U.S. operations if they are included in high-speed development projects are:

GE Transportation
Columbus Steel Castings
Bombardier Transportation
Talgo Inc.
Kawasaki Rail Car
Hyundai Rotem USA
Motive Power Inc.
National Railway Equipment Co.
US Railcar
Nippon Sharyo
Electro-Motive Diesel
Ansaldo STS
Lockheed Martin
Safetran Systems Corp.
Tangent Rail
Amsted Rail
American Railcar Industries
Railroad Controls
A&K Railroad Materials
Cleveland Track Material Inc.
New York Air Brake
Plasser American
Simmons Machine Tool
Harsco Rail
ORX Railway

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