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Mayor Villaraigosa, union workers celebrate AnsaldoBreda deal with MTA

The Italian company AnsaldoBreda will build a new manufacturing plant and headquarters in downtown Los Angeles as part of a $300 million deal to produce 100 light rail cars for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Italian company AnsaldoBreda will build a new manufacturing plant and headquarters in downtown Los Angeles as part of a $300 million deal to produce 100 light rail cars for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday celebrated the promised arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.

Frank Stoltze: On a Gold Line rail platform at Union Station, the mayor stood among dozens of union members.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: And I'd like to officially welcome AnsaldoBreda to La Ciudad de Los Angeles. You're going to love it here. [applause]

Stoltze: Last week, AnsaldoBreda secured a $300 million deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build 100 light rail cars for the agency. As part of the package, the company will build a new manufacturing plant and headquarters downtown that'll employ about 600 people.

It’ll take another thousand workers to construct the facility – that’s a big reason labor unions lobbied hard for Metro to sign the deal despite concerns about AnsaldoBreda’s performance on previous contracts. One economist says the project will create more than a thousand additional support jobs in the region.