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Unformatted text preview: road equipment manufacturing industry. Those manufacturers are focused on the production of diesel locomotives and freight cars because, currently, almost all demand for rail equipment in North America is for diesel- and freight-related equipment.28 More than 29,000 workers are directly employed in the manufactur- ing of railroad rolling stock in the United States, with thousands of others in the sup- ply chains that provide parts and services to those manufacturers.29 Two of the five states with the largest number of workers in the railroad manufacturing sector are Midwestern states: Illinois and Indiana.30 Illinois and Ohio both have large num- bers of rail equipment manufacturers. Il- linois has 23 facilities that manufacture or assemble passenger and transit rail systems and components, while Ohio has 13.31 If demand for passenger rail equipment increases, Midwestern manufacturers would likely expand production beyond the freight equipment they currently make. In December 2009, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 30 firms had committed to expanding their operations in the United States if they receive con- tracts for high-speed rail projects funded under the American Reinvestment...
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