Norfolk Southern to purchase 1,500 railcars to be made in Roanoke

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Norfolk Southern Corp. plans to buy 1,500 new coal railcars from FreightCar America’s Roanoke facility, which will create 200 jobs at the plant.

Chicago-based FreightCar America will manufacture the high-capacity coal cars at its Roanoke facility starting in May.

“It’s an important step in our long-term plan to rejuvenate our coal fleet, it’s a recognition of a rebound in the economy, it supports a very important supplier to the railroad industry, and it brings jobs back to Roanoke, a city that’s very important to us,” Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman said in a statement.

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