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Milwaukee mayor tours Talgo facility


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Despite Wisconsin's scrapped plans for a high-speed rail line from Madison to Milwaukee, Spanish trainmaker Talgo says it's keeping jobs in the state.

Talgo made the announcement Monday when Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett toured the plant.

Talgo says it will keep about 60 workers in Milwaukee, but will stop manufacturing in the spring of 2012.

Barrett spoke with company officials about keeping jobs in the city.

"We didn't renege on anything, we didn't desert them... we have an investment here," said Barrett.

Talgo says it will move some workers from manufacturing to maintenance by the end of 2011.

The plant had planned to employ 125 workers.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is touring the Talgo train-making facility in Milwaukee on Monday.

Following the announcement that the planned high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison was canceled, Talgo officials said it would keep about 60 workers and convert its Milwaukee rail car factory into a maintenance facility. The move would likely help cover the tens of millions of dollars of the estimated cost lost with the deal.

Barrett will tour the facility with Talgo President Antonio Perez and talk with Talgo workers.

A spokesperson for Mayor Barrett says they are trying to build a relationship with the company and show other companies the city of Milwaukee is a good place to do business.

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