Progress Rail to Close London (ON) Locomotive Production

LONDON, ON, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Progress Rail Services Corporation, the parent company of Electro-Motive Canada (EMC), today announced its decision to close EMC's locomotive production operations at its London, Ontario plant. The company is notifying all affected employees of the decision.

The Company stated it is regrettable that it has become necessary to close production operations at the London facility.  The cost structure of the operation was not sustainable and efforts to negotiate a new, competitive collective agreement were not successful.

Progress Rail's global manufacturing network assures its customers that delivery schedules will not be impacted by this decision.

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About Progress Rail:

Progress Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America. We serve our customers through a network of more than 150 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with more than 5,500 employees. Progress Rail Services is headquartered in Albertville, Alabama.

Through its acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Progress Rail has expanded its network of global locations, furthering its commitment to providing industry-leading products and services. Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel is an original equipment manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and is a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation. The company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. EMD also has an extensive aftermarket business offering replacement parts, maintenance solutions and a range of value-added services.

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