Navistar, FreightCar team up at Barton, Ala., plant

BARTON, Ala. — FreightCar America, one of the largest railcar producers in the world, announced Tuesday that the company is subleasing a portion of Navistar Corp.’s Barton plant with plans to build up to 7,000 cars annually, reports The Decatur Daily.

The Decatur Daily writes that the company hopes to begin production in July and have 200 workers on site by the end of the year. They expect to employ 400 people at the plant by the end of 2014, according to Terry Heidkamp, senior vice president of operations for FreightCar.

“This is a win for all involved, FreightCar America, Navistar and the community,” Heidkamp said. “It also is a win for FreightCar to be able to produce these cars in a competitive way.”

As part of the arrangement that allows FreightCar to use two of the plant’s four assembly lines, the two companies are forming a partnership, says The Decatur Daily. Navistar will assist in maintenance and production of the railcars.

For the complete story from The Decatur Daily, click here.

Kelly Cauthorn

Kelly Cauthorn

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