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FreightCar America delivers 100,000th aluminum coal car


For FreightCar America Inc., it’s 100,000 and counting. That’s how many aluminum coal cars the company has produced and delivered since 1986, when the firm introduced the BethGon® car.

At a ceremony held yesterday in Danville, Ill., FreightCar America executives and invited dignitaries christened No. 100,000, a BethGon® II delivered to NRG Energy Inc. The car is one of 2,695 ordered by the utility.

“The first new rail car we ever built in Danville was for an NRG predecessor company [and] NRG is now accepting the 100,000th aluminum rail car here,” said Kenneth Bridges, FreightCar America’s senior vice president of operations, in a prepared statement.

FreightCar America builds coal, flat, intermodal and coil steel cars; steel hoppers; mill gondolas; and motor vehicle carriers.

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