Nova Scotia

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering may make railcars at Trenton

The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME) plant in Trenton may be going back to the future as the wind tower manufacturer is pondering manufacturing railcars at what once was the site of TrentonWorks.

Company says it is seeking new opportunities and is looking a railway tank cars

Business Minister Mark Furey said in October that about 100 people were working at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering's plant in Trenton, well short of the 500 jobs that were expected to be created. (CBC)

The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME) plant in Trenton may be going back to the future as the wind tower manufacturer ponders making railcars at what was once the site of TrentonWorks.

In 2010, the province of Nova Scotia sank $60 million into the plant as part of a $90-million deal for DSME to build wind turbine components, including support towers and rotor blades.

The Nova Scotia government owns 49 per cent of the business and DSME owns 51 per cent. 

In a statement, the company said it is looking for new manufacturing opportunities.

"Given the long history of the Trenton facility, it should come as no surprise that one of the possibilities we envision is manufacturing railway tank cars for the petroleum industry," said the company.

Spokesperson Scott Covey declined an interview request.

"We are in [the] early stages and need to be cautious about how much info is in the public," he said in an email.

In October, Business Minister Mark Furey estimated just 100 people were working at the Trenton plant, well short of the 500 jobs that were expected to be created once the wind turbine operation was in business for three years.

The province referred CBC News to the company for comment Wednesday.

The Trenton plant had a long history of building railcars.

But in June 2007, Oregon-based Greenbrier closed TrentonWorks and terminated 330 jobs after deciding it was no longer financially viable. In 2005, as many as 1,200 people worked at the facility.

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