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Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County
Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials and business leaders rose to the defense of a Japanese company Monday that has all but given up plans to build a $60-million manufacturing facility in the Antelope Valley because of a dispute with local labor leaders. UPDATE: Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory Two years ago, Osaka-based Kinkisharyo International won an $890-million contract to build 175 light-rail cars for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Most of the parts will be built in Japan, but the firm agreed to perform final assembly, including painting and wiring the cars, in Los Angeles County. It has been doing that from a temporary facility in...

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