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GE Manufacturing Solutions last week marked the 1,000th locomotive built at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
The unit is a Transportation Evolution Series Tier 4 model built for CN. Located in southwest Denton County, the plant has been open for more than three years and employs about 700 people.CN's new locomotive is designed to decrease emissions by more than 70 percent from Tier 3 technology, meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 4 emission standards, GE officials said in a press release."In less than four years, this team helped start up the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility and built 1,000 high-quality, competitive locomotives for our customers," said Richard Simpson, vice president and global supply chain leader for GE Transportation.GE officials and plant employees commemorated the milestone with a ceremony held July 7.GE Manufacturing Solutions completed assembly of its first locomotive, a Tier 3 Evolution Series model for BNSF Railway Co. in early 2013, the year the plant began operations.The Fort Worth facility is now GE Transportation's primary manufacturing site for Evolution Series locomotives.