FreightCar America closing Virginia plant, cutting 200 jobs

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia manufacturing plant is closing in the fall, putting 200 people out of work.

The Roanoke Times reports that Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea announced on Monday that FreightCar America will close by Nov. 11. The rail car maker announced it could save $5 million a year by shifting the work to an Alabama plant where the company has invested for growth.

The job cuts are scheduled to start Sept. 20. In the past, FreightCar America has laid off workers, then called them back. In a letter to Lea, the company said the plant closing “should be considered permanent, and employees should not count on being recalled to employment with the Company.”

The closure of the Roanoke factory will leave FreightCar with a production site in Cherokee, Alabama.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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