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Union Pacific Railroad last week notified employees that it will close a rail-car maintenance facility in Palestine, Texas, with 57 positions to be eliminated in mid-June.
"This workforce reduction is the result of operational changes across our system and is part of Union Pacific’s continuous effort to provide competitive rail service to our customers," UP officials said in an emailed statement.
While the Class I is closing its main car repair facility in Palestine, limited car repair activities will continue in the Palestine area, they said.
"We did not take this step lightly but we are determined to do the right thing for the thousands of customers, employees and communities who rely on us to help build sustainable economic growth across the western two-thirds of the United States," UP officials said. "We appreciate the support we have received over the years in the communities of Palestine and Anderson County, as well as the hard work and dedication of our employees. We are working with those impacted to help them with job placement activities."