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Railway Co. Executives Tour Springfield’s Putnam Voc. Tech. Academy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The largest transit car maker in the world is considering Springfield as their new home, and today, executives took a tour of a Springfield school to discuss the possibility of a future partnership.

The Changchun Railway Vehicles Company has the option of building a $30 million factory at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard.

Putnam Vocational Technical Academy welcomed CNR Changchun executives on Friday,

Principal Gil Traverso proudly showed off the state-of-the-art equipment at the high school..

“I’m looking for all the resources here. We need them well-trained, well prepared for all the work,” explains Lu Xiwei, general manager of the Changchun Railway Vehicles Company.

The company toured the robotics and precision manufacturing shops and actually met those who are learning the skills.

If this world supplier of railway vehicles come to the city, students know this can be a golden job opportunity.

“I got really excited because these people are coming in from a big company… what if they observe me and you know, talk to me…if I get recommended there or something,” says 11th grader Bradley Rodriguez.

Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick adds, “Some of the highest achievement levels in the city.”

The guests are impressed with the culture here at Putnam Vocational, where students graduate college and career ready.

Lu Xiwei adds, “I think this school is excellent and I’m happy to be here. I think they will be our future partner.”

“I do believe I can do it and have the resources to get there to graduate and be prepared,” says 11th grader Junior Mulrain.

The project will be a boom for Springfield’s economy and will provide job opportunities throughout the city.

Warwick says, “We intend to do some adult retraining for them at night here with any precision manufacturing.”

The goal is to supply a pool of talented adults and students in the area to join their workforce.

Today, the company also discussed potential partnerships with colleges and universities in the area as well.


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