1. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

    Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

    The governor revealed that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. will build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and a 33,700-square-foot office building on this East Springfield graveyard of 7,000 good-paying industrial jobs. The factory’s initial work will be to assemble $1.5 billion worth of new cars for Boston’s Red and Orange lines, but the Chinese plan to make this their North American headquarters.

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    1. CNR will create good, family supporting jobs for our skilled trades, and stimulate a logistically convenient vendor network that will make our region even more attractive for additional rail car manufacturing and assembly.
    2. Today's announcement is further evidence that Springfield is a city on the move.
    3. Together with Westover in Chicopee, Barnes in Westfield, a High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the splendor of the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts is positioned to be a great place to live, work and play in the 21st century with Springfield as its regional capital.
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