The Greenbrier Cos. have landed orders for 3,700 railcars worth about $285 million as the freight industry shifts to double-stack trains.
The Lake Oswego-headquartered business laid off hundreds of employees at its Gunderson manufacturing plant in Portland during the recession, but recently opened a new railcar production line and is expected to add new jobs to fill the new orders.
Double-stack trains are becoming more widespread as railroads work to improve efficiency. The trains allow them to carry double the freight with the same crew. They're especially popular in the shipment of container goods, like retail items from overseas that are moved between a ship or truck and a train. Movement between two methods of transport is called intermodal — a shipping method that's also being used much more often since the recession because it's more fuel efficient.
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