- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A railcar refurbishing company plans to establish a plant in Hutchison, creating about 150 jobs in the next three years.

Mervis Railcar, a division of Mervis Industries, announced Thursday that it will invest about $35 million in Hutchinson.

Company CEO Adam Mervis says Hutchinson was chosen for the plant because of its location and railroad connections, a strong work force and an education system able to train workers for skills needed at the plant.

The company will refurbish railcars for oil, fuel, agricultural and other industries. The Hutchinson plant will be the only one in the country able to refurbish trains of 100 or more cars.

Most of the 150 workers will be welders. The plant will include four buildings and more than 20,000 feet of railroad track.


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