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2/18/2002



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Nova Scotia plant part of Greenbrier's car-building plans


The Greenbrier Cos. Feb. 15 announced plans to reopen its Trenton, Nova Scotia, TrentonWorks plant based on a recent $50 million, 900 rail-car order, and what company officials believe are improved plant cost efficiencies and a rosier second-half economic outlook.
Greenbrier President and Chief Executive Officer William Furman Feb. 8 said the company soon would decide whether to produce more than 800 of the cars — pegged for North American forest-products service — at TrentonWorks or its Portland, Ore., Gunderson plant, affecting up to 500 jobs at either facility.
The company now plans to use both facilities, constructing about 750 of the cars at TrentonWorks — where production has been suspended since January — helping create a backlog expected to last into fall.
The other 100 cars will be built at Gunderson, which, too, has an order backlog predicted to stretch into the fourth quarter.


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