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The TRW plant in Saginaw is closing and 600 workers are losing their jobs...Does the railroad still switch this place?
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... ed_to.html
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redside20 wrote:The TRW plant in Saginaw is closing and 600 workers are losing their jobs...Does the railroad still switch this place?
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... ed_to.html
No rail service anymore the last load of auto parts came out of there in July of 2005.

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I thought them GTW boxcars going to Central warehouse was brake parts from TRW but may be wrong.

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Paul W wrote:I thought them GTW boxcars going to Central warehouse was brake parts from TRW but may be wrong.
Inbound newsprint to Central Warehouse
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Paul W wrote:I thought them GTW boxcars going to Central warehouse was brake parts from TRW but may be wrong.
Hello Paul and Don, I meant direct rail service right to the plant, Your right i think it's a mix of newsprint in and auto parts out of Central Whse, Because a couple years ago there was a big sign on the side of Central Whse that said Welcome TRW, Because if you see those GTW 60'Ft High Cubes there springs are compressed when HESR 702 heads south. That would be more traffic lost.
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Still sucks to lose those jobs, I assume this was a pissing match between exec's at the 2 companies, none of whom had their own jobs on the line. It will have a noticeable effect on Saginaw. Very difficult to replace those kind of jobs, too.

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I could be grasping at straws here but a Plastics manufacturer from Georgia has moved to a space that was once home to another plastics manufacturer on Parsons Road in Howell. Is this the place the article is referring too in Howell?
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parso ... 1eb03283ac

BTW..the plastics manufacturer out of Georgia is Thomson Plastics
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/201 ... o-michigan
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redside20 wrote:I could be grasping at straws here but a Plastics manufacturer from Georgia has moved to a space that was once home to another plastics manufacturer on Parsons Road in Howell. Is this the place the article is referring too in Howell?
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parso ... 1eb03283ac

BTW..the plastics manufacturer out of Georgia is Thomson Plastics
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/201 ... o-michigan
The place in the map looks like Pinckney Plastics. They were closed for around 9 months in 2013 but have been back in business since. They receive plastic pellets by rail. Maybe something changed recently that I'm not aware of... :?
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Expansion and 65 new jobs at the Lansing Grand River Plant as the Chevy Camaro is moving from the Oshawa Ont GM plant to the Grand River facility.
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index ... t_business
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Not sure what effect if any this will have on Michigan business, but LaFarge and Holcim are in merger talks, with both talking about selling some unspecified facilities pre-merger.

http://www.pitandquarry.com/lafarge-hol ... n-company/

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My guess is they would not divest the Alpena plant being so large and serving their laker fleet. They'd divest smaller area plants first. Just speculation

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BASF Chemical company adding jobs in Wyandotte...Outside of the area automotive industry, this place is most recognized rail customer in the Detroit area among rail employees and railfans alike. So its pretty self explanatory.
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2 ... 118413.txt
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France's Inergy Automotive, in Milan Michigan...formerly known as Visteon and Ford before that...It was sold I believe four years ago after Visteon looked to sell that unit off. It was a rail served customer for many years..What became of Milan Visteon..whoops..Intergy Plant? I never heard anything more after the sale except for some employee layoffs.
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Severstal, a Russian-owned steel manufacturer with plants in Dearborn and MS(?) who is a major rail user is for sell http://www.freep.com/article/20140513/B ... l-Dearborn
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Renovations and changes to GM's SPO in Swartz Creek..
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.s ... cart_river
Does CN still switch this plant?
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redside20 wrote:Renovations and changes to GM's SPO in Swartz Creek..
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.s ... cart_river
Does CN still switch this plant?
I believe they do. But maybe someone closer to the site can confirm.
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Padnos expanding at 719 Burton Street to an abandoned Bus Depot next door on the south side of Grand Rapids
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... cart_river

Is this place rail served?
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Who are these guys...
http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/201 ... cart_river

They are looking at a brownfield site in Pontiac
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redside20 wrote:Padnos expanding at 719 Burton Street to an abandoned Bus Depot next door on the south side of Grand Rapids
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... cart_river

Is this place rail served?
Not currently anyway

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redside20 wrote:Padnos expanding at 719 Burton Street to an abandoned Bus Depot next door on the south side of Grand Rapids
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... cart_river

Is this place rail served?
No, but Louis Padnos Iron & Metal has a rail-served location at 2001 Turner Ave NW in Grand Rapids, and served by CSXT, I believe.

http://goo.gl/maps/moju2
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