- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

GARY, Ind. (AP) - A factory in Gary that makes parts for railroad freight cars is closing after being open for more than 30 years, affecting as many as 88 employees.

The (Munster) Times (https://bit.ly/1ftCjMV ) reports Roll Form Group has decided to shutter the Stanrail factory after acquiring it three years ago. Roll Form Group President Lou Sartor said the factory had been “significantly underused” and that it’s a “very, very old facility.”

The factory made boxcar doors, steel flooring, roofs and uncoupling levers. Workers are being offered relocation to another Roll Form Group facility in Mississippi.

According to the Railway Supply Institute, 692 new boxcars were produced last year. The newspaper says railroads are switching to more modern cars that can also be moved by semi-truck or ship.

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