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PORT AUTHORITY: EXPORT SUBWAY CARS ROLLING OFF LINE

 PORT AUTHORITY: EXPORT SUBWAY CARS ROLLING OFF LINE
 NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The first subway cars ever to be


exported from the U.S. began rolling off an assembly line at the Port Authority Industrial Park at Yonkers today.
 The cars, assembled by Union Rail Car (URC) Partnership of Yonkers, are the first of a $170 million order for 132 cars from the Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) in Taiwan. They will be shipped to Taipei through the Port of New York and New Jersey beginning next month.
 Yonkers Mayor Terence M. Zaleski said, "We are very proud that this international effort between two corporate giants is taking place right here in
Yonkers. As trade and economic barriers between nations continue to fall, we in Yonkers hope to be part of this new world order."
 Port Authority Acting Director of Government and Community Affairs Angelo DiNome said, "In a time of regional, national and worldwide recession, the manufacture and export of these transit cars from Yonkers represents sorely needed good economic news. The Port Authority is proud to have played a role in helping URC land this $170 million contract, and indeed in bringing URC to the Yonkers Industrial Park in the first place."
 DiNome joined Mayor Zaleski, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Senator Nicholas Spano, and officials of URC and the Taipei transit system in a "roll-out" of the first six cars along a test track at the Yonkers industrial park.
 Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said, "It is no secret that Westchester workers need jobs, and this work building transit cars for export to Taiwan means jobs right here in Yonkers. I worked hard to make sure Union Rail Car was able to win this contract, and I am delighted that real jobs have resulted. Our government absolutely must work with firms here in the United States to help them get contracts like this so we can get Americans working again."
 State Senator Nicholas A. Spano (R-C, Westchester) said, "Many of us have worked a long time for this day, including the effort we waged in Taipei to obtain that government's favorable consideration of URC's bid. The successful completion of this contract represents another step in the revitalization of downtown Yonkers and a boon to the economy of all Westchester and the State."
 In a message of congratulations read at the ceremony, the director- general of the Taipei transit system, Dr. Paul Lai said, "These transit cars have been produced in Yonkers through the cooperation of the United States and the Republic of China. Our country now is going through a six-year national construction plan, and the Taipei subway system is an important part of this program. The completion of this first rail car contract is a major milestone. I highly commend URC's efforts and the efforts by Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority to bring about this success in Yonkers."
 Mike Doyle, general manager of the URC plant, said, "When we started the Yonkers plant, the goal was to turn it into the finest mass transit vehicle manufacturing and assembly facility in America. In the six years we've been here, we think we've taken giant strides to become just that.
 "We have a corps of skilled, eager Americans from throughout the region, all working together to make Yonkers, USA the subway car capital of the world. We may not be all the way there yet, but we're working on it."
 The Taipei subway car contract is part of a huge $180 billion national infrastructure program being undertaken by the Republic of China. It includes the construction of Taipei's first rapid transit system, a 55-mile metro to be built over a 10-year period. The Republic of China's government set aside the first order for 132 cars to U.S. bidders in an effort to redress the trade imbalance between the two nations. URC will be competing for a new DORTS contract for 216 additional subway cars.
 Under the Taipei contract, 20 American firms are supplying components and services worth some $65 million (see list below). URC has also invested more than $15 million toward capital construction at the Yonkers site. Overall, approximately 60 percent of the components for the rail cars are manufactured in the United States.
 The URC partnership, made up of Kawasaki and Nissho Iwai America Corporation, first came to the Port Authority's Yonkers park in 1986 as part of an agreement under which they would receive $190 million in contracts to provide 95 new and 248 rehabilitated cars to the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) system, provided the cars were built in the bistate region.
 Next month, the Republic of China's government is sending a buying mission to New York to procure architectural/engineering and construction management services for their nationwide $180 billion infrastructure program. The Port Authority is working closely with the New York Building Congress to schedule appointments for the incoming mission.
 Located in suburban Westchester County, the 21-acre Port Authority Industrial Park at Yonkers consists of seven multi-story buildings on the site of a former Otis Elevator plant. The Port Authority acquired the site and began renovating it in 1985 as part of the agency's industrial development program for the New York-New Jersey region.
 The park currently has five tenants engaged in heavy and light manufacturing, with products ranging from rail cars and air brakes to home furnishings. The park's location just north of New York City on the Hudson River is five miles from the New York Thruway and adjacent to other major highways. The three New York area airports are easily accessible.
 For the Taipei Rail Car contract, United Rail Car has placed $65 million worth of orders with U.S. suppliers for hardware alone. U.S. suppliers include the following:
 AEG Westinghouse Transportation, Pennsylvania
 West Code, Pennsylvania
 SMC, Illinois
 WABCO, North Carolina
 Euroglass, New York
 Delta, Massachusetts
 Champlain, Vermont
 H.L. Dalis, New York
 Luminator, Texas
 Litton, Connecticut
 NIFE, New Jersey
 Cable Connect Corp., New Jersey
 Almac, New York
 Koshii America, New York
 Gaffney-Krose, New York
 Bentech, Pennsylvania
 Nishiyama, New York
 Vapor, Illinois
 H. L. Blachford, Michigan
 Avon, New York
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 /CONTACT: Mark Marchese of the Port Authority of N.Y. & N.J., 212-435-7777 (24 hours), or 201-961-6600 ext. 7777/ CO: Port Authority of NY & NJ ST: New York IN: SU:


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