Riding the rail

Local companies gain work through United Streetcar contracts.

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Miles Fiberglass recently got to rehire 10 laid-off employees thanks to United Streetcar’s contracts with Tuscon, Ariz., and with Portland. The contracts are reaching beyond just United Streetcar to help other hurting businesses.

Just when Lori Luchak and Miles Fiberglass needed a lift, United Streetcar arrived.

The recession and Oregon’s ailing recreational vehicle industry had punched a hole in Miles Fiberglass’ revenue stream, causing the company to lay off 35 people.

But the Southeast Portland manufacturer’s new contract with United Streetcar led Luchak, Miles Fiberglass’ president, to rehire 10 of the workers. Now, she is optimistic that her company can bounce back in dire economic times.

Read the full article in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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