Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in LA area after all – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014

A month after threatening to avoid California when talks with organized labor groups derailed, a Japanese company said it would follow through with much-touted plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County after all.

Rather than build a new factory, Kinkisharyo International of Osaka will retrofit an existing space in Palmdale to build light-rail vehicles for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The company will also recognize a labor union if a majority of employees request one.

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