GE says it will open locomotive plant in Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Updated Thursday, May 12 at 4:03 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — General Electric Co. said Thursday its transportation unit plans to open a locomotive-making plant in Fort Worth that will create more than 500 manufacturing jobs.

The company also said it will hire 250 more workers for a plan in Erie, Pa.

GE said it will invest up to $96 million in the new 900,000-square-foot Texas plant, which is expected to begin production next year. It expects to begin the hiring process for salaried and production jobs later this year.

The conglomerate, which is based in based in Fairfield, Conn., said it needs more manufacturing capacity to meet strong U.S. and global growth in the transportation business.

The state of Texas will pay up to $4.2 million in incentives.

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