|Carson Congratulates Amtrak Workers as Beech Grove Facility Rolls Out Refurbished Passenger Car|
August 6, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after today’s event at the Amtrak maintenance facility in Beech Grove, where Amtrak President and CEO Joseph H. Boardman joined hundreds of Amtrak workers in unveiling a newly refurbished passenger rail car.
In March, Congressman Carson joined Vice President Joseph Biden to announce a multi-million dollar investment in the Beech Grove facility funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The infusion has created more than 100 new jobs at the local maintenance center, putting Hoosiers to work rebuilding 21 passenger cars, including the one rolled out today, as well as 15 P-40 locomotives.
“While we are fortunate to have one of our nation’s finest and most robust Amtrak maintenance facilities right here in Beech Grove, today’s announcement was made possible by the fact we’re home to the most skilled, dedicated workforce around.
“Congratulations to the Amtrak workers who made today possible. Make no mistake, this significant economic infusion was earned by these 500 plus workers, some of whom stuck it out through the tough times at the Beech Grove facility, while others were brought back to work after spending weeks or months unemployed.
“We still face tough times ahead, but today’s announcement is a testament the opportunities on the horizon. Thanks to our highly-skilled workforce, the 7th District stands ready to be a driving force in this economic recovery. ”
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