That's likely to be good news for GE Transportation.
What isn't clear yet is whether that will be a big deal for workers at GE Transportation's plant in
Recent months, however, have brought news that EMD won't meet a government deadline of
And it won't miss the deadline by just a little.
Industry analysts don't see it that way.
In a recent edition of the Motley Fool, Neha Chamaria writes: "It's a big business opportunity for locomotive makers, and the first mover will naturally enjoy a significant competitive advantage. Unfortunately for
Months before the mandate, there are already signs of what the near-term future might hold.
During what was otherwise a tough second quarter -- revenues at GE Transportation were down 18 percent and profits fell 14 percent -- new orders jumped 35 percent.
In fact, the company already has contracts to deliver 250 Tier 4 locomotives in 2015 and 2016.
But those orders and others that might follow won't necessarily mean more jobs in
What's more, she expects
And he's also hoping the company will step back from a plan announced in
About half of those hourly job cuts already have taken place.
In recent weeks, however, 91 of those employees have been called back to work and another six are in the process of returning to their jobs, Duke said.
The company had said it planned to lay off hundreds more in the next two years, but Duke doesn't expect to see that happen.
"No, I do not," he said. "As far as I am concerned, it's a very positive (jobs) outlook, a very bright outlook. We are before the game compared to anybody else."
"With any luck it would be great to have some recalls of former team members at GE," she said.
But the company, which employs about 500 people at its plant in
Erickson hinted, as the company has before, that
"Overall employment is tied to the competitiveness of the facility and market demand," she said. "We need to continue to find ways to improve our overall competitiveness, including cost and workforce flexibility to deliver on our commitments to customers."
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