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.