Paducah Economic Development: Locomotive Plant Hiring Slower Than Expected

Feb 12, 2020

Credit John Paul Henry, WKMS

The leader of Paducah’s economic development agency said a locomotive manufacturing company that reopened a facility in Paducah last year hasn’t hired for all the anticipated jobs predicted by the company.

Illinois-based National Railroad Equipment reopened its Paducah plant in 2019 after closing down in 2017. NRE predicted bringing up to 200 jobs to the area in a press release from the company last July.

Bruce Willcox is the President of Greater Paducah Economic Development. He said the company has not added 200 jobs yet. Willcox says the number of hires made by the reopened plant is closer to 20.

Representatives with National Railroad Equipment did not respond to comment.

NRE Vice President Angela Holmes last year told WKMS the company plans to hire at a slow pace due to the railroad industry’s cyclical nature.

Willcox says the company may bring in more jobs as the facility reestablishes.