JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - - Hundreds of new jobs could be coming to the Hornell area, once Amtrak finalizes a contract with Alstom to manufacture rail cars for high-speed trains.
The deal was announced Monday by Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed.
They say the final contract will create approximately 400 jobs in Hornell as well as another 350 jobs across the Upstate region.
Congressman Reed says this is an exciting day for the Southern Tier.
"This is a 2 plus billion dollar contract that’s gonna lead to an investment in our area, that’s gonna pay off for generations, that’s 400 plus direct jobs at Alstom, that we're proud to join with the Senator in showing commitment to and celebrating today,” said Reed.
Monday in response, Representative Reed's opponent for New York's 23rd District, John Plumb, says Reed is, "shamelessly taking credit for jobs he voted against."
Plumb says Reed has voted several times to cut millions of dollars in funding and support for Amtrak.
Alstom employs over 1,000 people throughout Upstate New York.
The new contract with Amtrak is part of a $2.5 billion dollar program to build the next fleet of high-speed trains.
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