Wabtec closing Idaho plant, moving work to Erie

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MotivePower, a locomotive manufacturing company located in Idaho will be closing its Boise office and moving their work to their parent company Wabtec. The consolidation means work is heading to Erie.

Wabtec announced the intent to consolidate manufacturing operations at the MotivePower Plant in Boise into the company’s site in Erie, Pa.

Wabtec released the following statement to Action News:

“Decisions like this are never easy but will help simplify and optimize the company’s manufacturing footprint in today’s cyclical environment, as well as better position Wabtec for success. The company remains fully committed to all customer commitments and providing impacted employees with resources and benefits to manage the transition.”

U.E. local 506 President Scott Slawson says they are excited for work, but their hearts go out to the workers in Idaho.

“We’ve been on the receiving end of that. I’m not sure the history of that plant, but this is news no community wants, no worker wants. Businesses make decisions every day and they make decisions for a reason,” said Scott Slawson, President, U.E. Local 506.

Slawson added little is known about what is to come within the next couple of months. Action News will continue to keep you updated on the story.

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