Another round of layoffs announced at Rochelle rail car facility

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ROCHELLE — A Rochelle rail car factory announced Monday another reduction in work force that will affect nearly 110 employees.

Nippon Sharyon released the following statement on the newest round of layoffs:

“We continue to confront technical complications and delays with the bi-level rail car project that have forced us to evaluate the volume of work and the needs at our Rochelle facility.  As a result, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce at the plant by approximately 110 people.  This reduction will come from all areas of the company - both hourly and salary employees will be impacted by this announcement. 

In January, officials at Nippon Sharyo announced a layoff that affected nearly 100 employees. In September 2015, Nippon announced 100 temporary layoffs at its Rochelle fabrication and welding shops citing the reduction in force was a result of complications during the testing phase of one of its prototype cars, which requires the company to undergo a design review by its engineers, according to a statement from the company at that time. A second round of layoffs affecting nearly 60 employees was announced later that month.

“We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our employees, and will be providing severance packages to those affected by this announcement,” officials also said in Monday’s statement.

The company began operating at the Rochelle facility in 2012 and expanded the location in June 2014.



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