"If you are going to spy on somebody would you really use a metro car?"
"The CRRC facility is a 'godsend' — with high-paying jobs including benefits."
“It’s pretty exciting to watch one of those cars roll out and make their way down Page Boulevard [the Springfield street where CRRC is located].”
"By arbitrarily cutting off funds to any agency looking to purchase Chinese transit vehicles, Congress isn't protecting U.S. security. It's throwing taxpayers under the bus."
"Targeting an already foreign-dominated, overpriced industry for further protection seems unlikely to help U.S. growth or competitiveness."
"In CRRC’s case, however, it isn’t clear that the uneven playing field is harming U.S. companies or consumers. Major competitors in the U.S. railcar market are all foreign companies like Kawasaki, Alstom and Siemens."
"The district of Rep. Richard Neal (D., Mass.) is home to a CRRC plant that employs 168 workers. Mr. Neal, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, called the ban ill-considered and said national-security agencies already review public-transit vehicles to ensure they aren’t equipped with spyware."
"To me, it feels like a major diplomatic or national security spat happening in Washington. We're forcing really innocent people in Springfield to pay the price for that."
CRRC MA, a U.S. rail car manufacturer headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, has been awarded transit rail car contracts from Boston’s MBTA, Los Angeles Metro, and Philadelphia’s SEPTA. CRRC MA has established two manufacturing facilities in the U.S., including a $95M investment in Springfield, Massachusetts and a $40M investment in Los Angeles, California. As a result of CRRC’s significant investment and growth, CRRC MA’s workforce is comprised of 257 employees. The manufacturing facility in Springfield, Massachusetts employs 168 employees, including 108 union production employees. The Springfield workforce is underway with manufacturing vehicles for the MBTA, which will be followed by the execution of the Los Angeles and Philadelphia contracts.
Progress continues with execution of CRRC MA’s awarded contracts, yet misinformation relating to our products and services spread by anti-CRRC MA politicians in Washington D.C. and CRRC MA competitors remains a distraction causing unnecessary public concern and confusion. These exaggerated, untrue claims causing additional turmoil need to be addressed. Ultimately, if these competitors’ actions remain unchecked, CRRC MA’s long-term viability in America – especially our ability to create high-wage manufacturing jobs in local communities – will be severely compromised.
The Wall Street Journal on “Congress Moves Toward Ban on Buying Chinese Buses, Railcars Over Spy Fears” (July 2019)
The Wall Street Journal on “China Isn’t a Threat to Your Commute” (July 2019)
WGBH on “Federal Check Against Chinese Subway Cars Could Mean Lost Jobs In Mass.” (July 2019)
Financial Times on “Trade war: will U.S. espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group?,” (June 2019)
NBR on “China Trade War Hitting the Brakes for Rail Manufacturers?” (June 2019)
CNBC on “China Trade War Hitting the Brakes for Rail Manufacturers?” (June 2019)
WGBH on “In Springfield, Bracing For Uncertainty From Trump’s Trade Policies” (October 2018)
Business West on “Springfield Welcomes a New Industry – and a Brighter Economic Outlook” (November 2014)
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