PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A spike in orders for the Greenbrier Cos. after a two-year slump is adding 260 new rail car manufacturing jobs at the Gunderson plant in Portland.
Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier says it has $130 million in orders for new rail cars, including more than 1,000 new double-stack intermodal platforms and 700 new covered hopper cars.
Workers at Gunderson and other Greenbrier yards will also modify 1,100 more double-stack platforms, lengthening them to 53 feet, which allows shippers to increase cargo volumes and better compete with truckers for freight traffic.
Greenbrier said it will shift 175 marine barge manufacturing jobs at Gunderson to railcar construction because demand has weakened for barges.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com