- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A railroad car manufacturer that recently located in Wilmington has sent its first 30 new rail cars down the tracks.

Local media outlets report that local leaders, company officials and about 200 employees who work at Vertex Railcar Corp. were on hand Wednesday as the new grain hopper cars rumbled down the rails.

The company located in an abandoned factory last year and a rail spur linking the facility with a nearby CSX rail line was built.

The company has orders for almost 4,000 cars. Some of them will be oil tanker cars to replace some of the 200,000 tankers now in use that new federal safety regulations have made obsolete.

The company says it ultimately plans to hire 1,300 workers.

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