Rail car company could partner with WNEU

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Executives from a China-based railway company visited Western New England University on Wednesday, to discuss their plans to bring a manufacturing plant to Springfield.

Changchun Railway Vehicles Company has been visiting a couple universities in the area as they set their sights to build a multi-million dollar railway car assembly plant in Springfield.

Changchun executives met with the Engineering Department at WNEU to possibly establish a partnership. The company is interested in building a $30 million railway car assembly plant at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard.

If the two do decide to partner up, Western New England University would provide employees and training, while Changchun would offer educational and internship opportunities for students.

“I think we have such a contribution to make, and the collaboration between our organizations is not to be doubted at all. It has great opportunity and great potential,” WNEU President Anthony Caprio said.

Western New England University presented executives from Changchun their research on “railroad infrastructure engineering,” and hopes that will spark the company’s interest in a partnership.

If Changchun does set up shop here in Springfield, the company would produce 12 railway cars a month, and create about 200 jobs in the area.

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