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Boise locomotive plant to build more units

Boise’s locomotive manufacturing plant is slated to build more units.

Wabtec Corp.’s MotivePower subsidiary signed a contract to build 22 new locomotives for CBH Group, a leading handler and exporter of grain in Australia. MotivePower will build them at its east Boise plant for delivery next year.

The contract calls for MotivePower to build a combination of standard- and narrow-gauge locomotives to high fuel-efficiency and environmental standards, Pennsylvania-based Wabtec said.

Wabtec spokesman Tim Wesley said the locomotives will be built in Boise, moved to the port of Savannah, Ga., and shipped to Australia. Construction has not started on the locomotives, as the project is in the design phase.

He would not disclose the contract’s value, but said a locomotive of this type costs around $3 million.

Wabtec does not release employment figures by location or comment on how specific contracts affect headcount because employment levels depend on the overall level of business at the facilities, Wesley said.

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