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  • Nippon Sharyo opens rail car plant in Illinois

    The Chicago Tribune - 07/20/2012

    New Japanese plant in Rochelle promises to bring jobs to state, 160 rail cars to Metra.

    Joan Fitzgerald, co-author of the report “Reviving the U.S. Rail and Transit Industry: Investments and Job Creation,” said that in deciding when to use subsidies, states should require companies to buy parts and other products locally to create additional jobs in the supply chain.

    “The supply chain is very important to Illinois. (The Chicago area) has a lot of manufacturing companies that can produce products for this company,” said Fitzgerald, interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.

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