Congress is moving forward with a transportation bill, that could hurt companies like CRRC.
CRRC is a china-based railcar manufacturing company, that has a new plant in Springfield
The transportation bill would prevent Chinese-based rail car companies from getting financial assistance from the federal government for one year.
CRRC spokesperson Lydia Rivera told 22News that could limit their ability to pursue new projects, which in turn, could hurt their workforce.
The full statement from CRRC reads:
The language in the bill unfairly targets CRRC MA’s rail car business in favor of other non-Chinese foreign car builders as there are NO U.S. owned passenger rail car manufacturers. The passage of this bill — Section 165 of the pending House of Representatives Transportation Appropriations- will have significant negative consequences to CRRC MA in limiting the railcar builder’s ability to pursue new opportunities within the U.S., and significantly impact CRRC MA’s Springfield facility relative to any future FTA funded projects. CRRC MA has made a significant investment in Springfield and never wavered from its goal and commitment to establish a permanent presence with the now operational $95m state-of-the art-facility ~ where more than 100 western Massachusetts-based skilled unionized laborers ~ are underway with manufacturing subway cars. From supporting the local economy in Springfield to creating new manufacturing jobs – CRRC MA’s vision along with its partners in the region is to continue to stimulate opportunity for employment and economic development. CRRC MA’s goal to ensure its workforce never experiences a hiccup in making a living is being threatened. CRRC MA honored its pledge, fulfilled its commitments and is now under siege. The consequences of this language to our workforce are real, as if there are no further contracts, there will be no further work.