ACF Industries’ has reopened its rail car manufacturing plant in Milton, Pa.
The reopening of the Milton plant, which was closed in 2009 because of declining sales, results from current growth in the energy industry, which has created a shortage of railroad storage tank cars and components.
“Just four short years ago, this plant lay idle, one of the countless casualties of a national recession that cost millions of Americans their jobs and struck at the very heart of our nation's confidence,” said Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Corbett during the re-opening celebration. “The rebirth of this company represents growth in traditional manufacturing, re-energized by the natural gas industry.”
The St. Charles, Mo.-based railcar manufacturer received $483,000 in state funding from the governor’s action team for machinery and equipment purchases, as well as employee training. Railcars manufactured in Milton will be shipped to gas fields in North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, and will be used to carry crude oil to refineries across the U.S., including Philadelphia refineries.