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Unformatted text preview: Washington, and Portland, Oregon, have implemented modern streetcar systems, using
streetcars manufactured abroad. In fact, no streetcars had been made in America since 1952.33 However, sensing the presence of a grow- ing
market, an American firm, Oregon Iron Works, formed a streetcar subsidiary and has won contracts to produce streetcars for Portland and
Tucson, with 70 percent of the components to be made in the United States and components coming from 20 U.S. states.34 Establishing a
passenger rail manu- facturing industry in the Midwest could restore some of the manufacturing jobs that the region has
lost. If Midwestern manufacturing is to achieve a sustained employment recovery, manufacturers will need to begin selling to new
markets, and passenger rail can be just such a market, requiring a variety of skilled workers. The production of complex
products like loco- motives and passenger train cars involves not only the manufacturing of numerous components, but also maintenance, testing
and other services. Beyond the employees of the rolling stock companies themselves, jobs in other industries are supported by the
railroad manufacturing industry. In 2006, the American rolling stock manufacturing...
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