CHICAGO Knoxville Locomotive Works Inc. has purchased eight acres adjacent to its facility in Knoxville, Tenn., and plans to spend more than $6 million to build a new fabrication and assembly plant to remanufacture locomotives.
Knoxville Locomotive Works will work with metal fabricators around the country to rebuild many different parts and power components to reinstall into locomotive frames, and then resell the refurbished locomotives to railroads, a source at the company told AMM.
"We will source parts from steel benders" and other metal processors, he said, adding that company representatives recently visited steel fabricators in Chicago.
The remanufacturing facility will specialize in refurbishing locomotives to meet the latest train engine emission rules set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Owned and operated by Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc. president and chief executive officer Peter Claussen, Knoxville Locomotive Works overhauls and rebuilds Electro-Motive Diesel locomotives and manufactures its own line of low-emission, high-efficiency locomotives.