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#1 Corsicana33


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:56 AM

Any pics of the factory being build? Have they started yet and when will they be done?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:57 AM

Curious about the plant also. I have been seeing their Help Wanted ads in the Telegram.

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:16 PM

I'm surprised there's not a more active topic than this on the GE plant.

Word came down today that they plant is laying off 250 workers and reducing plant capacity by 50% to avoid laying off more:


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:05 PM

Here's an article I found that describes the decrease in freight rail.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:09 AM

The decrease in freight volume is only part of the reason for the slowdown. New emissions regulations played a large part as well. Until recently, GE was the only builder able to meet the Tier IV emissions requirements. So if you wanted to buy a locomotive once Tier IV went into effect you had to buy GE. Now Progress Rail offers a competing Tier IV model.

In the time leading up to Tier IV going into effect, railroads could purchase either the predecessor to the Tier IV locomotive (ES44AC, ES44DC or ES44C4) or the soon-to-be required Tier IV version (ET44C4 or ET44AC). For those railroads electing to take delivery of the Tier IV version, credit was given for future purchases. Since then several of the ES44C4 models have been delivered in 2016 to offset that credit.

All this activity related to emissions amounted to an arms race for several large railroads and kept the GE plant going strong until the orders placed in advance of Tier IV were filled.

I'm curious how the current administration's views on funding the EPA and even the utility of such a regulatory body will play into purchases of compliant locomotives going forward. Previously, though differences between parties on the extent of regulations were up for debate, the idea of regulation was sacrosanct. I don't know if that's the case anymore.

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