GE Manufacturing Solutions celebrates its 1000th locomotive
Fort Worth plant reaches milestone three-and-a-half years after opening
FORT WORTH, Texas – July 7, 2016 – GE Manufacturing Solutions, a wholly-owned entity of GE (NYSE; GE), marked a milestone today by celebrating the 1,000th locomotive built at the Fort Worth site. More than 700 employees attended a ceremony commemorating the achievement.
"This milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team here in Fort Worth," said Richard Simpson, vice president and global supply chain leader, GE Transportation. "In less than four years, this team helped start up the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility and built 1,000 high-quality, competitive locomotives for our customers. "
The 1,000th locomotive is a GE Transportation Evolution® Series Tier 4 model for CN. Part of the ecomagination-certified Evolution Series, GE’s new Tier 4 locomotive decreases emissions by more than 70 percent from Tier 3 technology meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent Tier 4 emission standards. GE Manufacturing Solutions completed assembly of its first locomotive, a Tier 3 Evolution® Series model for Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, in early 2013.
“Our team has accomplished a lot since delivering the first locomotive,” said Walter Amaya, locomotive plant manager for GE Manufacturing Solutions. “Thanks to the support from the community, suppliers, and other GE sites, our team has continuously improved the site’s productivity and increased the production rate to 10 locomotives a week. Those efforts positioned the site for success in today’s challenging market and a bright future for years to come.”
GE Manufacturing Solutions’ locomotive plant began operations in 2013 and has provided better than expected efficiency and productivity. The one million square-foot facility is now GE Transportation’s primary manufacturing site for Evolution® Series locomotives.
About GE Transportation:
GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems for mining trucks, underground mining equipment, energy storage systems, and value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation has approximately 13,000 employees. For more information, visit www.getransportation.com.