FreightCar America Roanoke wraps up production for good this week

Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 3:11 PM EST
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According to a company spokesperson, FreightCar America in Roanoke will wrap up the last of its production orders this week. This comes following a summertime announcement that the company will close its doors in Roanoke for good this week.

David Benson, President of Human Resources, wouldn't tell WDBJ7 how many staff members were still working in Roanoke as of Tuesday. But he said the layoffs are "substantially complete" by the end of the week.

"Some employees will remain to assist with decommissioning the equipment and provide for shipment to our Shoals facility," Benson told WDBJ7 in an email.

Benson said they expect to finish their final order on time this week, and then will be focused on decommissioning the facility. That will include transferring equipment and preparing the facility to be turned over to the lease holder in early 2020.

Benson added a statement from the company regarding the closure, writing:

"During its 15 years of operation, our Roanoke facility distinguished itself as a high quality production facility run by skilled and caring employees. Because of this the decision that was announced July 22nd, 2019 was an especially difficult one. We simply had too much manufacturing capacity for the size of our business, and our only practical solution was to consolidate operations at our Muscle Shoals, AL facility. The facility in Muscle Shoals is substantially larger, accommodates all car types that we currently offer, and is also where much or our management team is located. We would like to recognize and thank our Roanoke employees for all they have done over the years and in particular for their spirit and hard work during this very difficult time."

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