The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2013

Rail car manufacturing may be restarting at ACF in Milton

MILTON — Railroad tank-car maker ACF Industries, which closed in February 2009 and furloughed 320 workers, could soon be making railcars for Missouri-based American Railcar Industries, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

American Railcar Industries filed an “entry in material definitive agreement” Jan. 17 with the SEC. The filing stated American Railcar and ACF had reached an agreement in which American Railcar “will provide purchasing support and engineering services to ACF in connection with ACF’s manufacture and sale of certain tank railcars at its facility in Milton.”

The deal ends in December 2014 and gives American Railcar 30 percent of profits earned on each railcar made by ACF, according to the filing.

Representatives for American Railcar and ACF could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Both companies are controlled by well-known investor Carl Icahn, owner of Icahn Industries.

Interest  in the Milton plant has been steady since September, when an Ohio-based investor said he was negotiating to purchase ACF from Ichan Industries.

Dan Slane, CEO of Johnstown Management, said he would have the company focus on manufacturing industrial propane tanks for the natural gas industry.

Neither Slane nor Icahn representatives could be reached for comment on the status of that deal Wednesday.

About 20 maintenance workers have begun preparing the plant for operations, said Bob English, a spokesman for United Steelworkers, who negotiated a contract in October for the plant’s workers.

English said he wasn’t privy to the business dealings of ACF.

“What we know is that there’s going to be some work available at the Milton facility,” he said. “The details of where the work’s coming from, we don’t know.”

ACF Industries shut down operations at its Milton manufacturing plant 46 months ago, citing a lack of work. The plant, which covers several blocks along Route 405, previously made railroad tank cars, most recently to transport ethanol and biodiesel.


Text Only
  • Amazon worker pilots drone around Space Needle

    Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carjacked vehicle strikes crowd, killing 2 kids

    Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her car at gunpoint and drove it into a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, killing two children and critically injuring three other people, police said.

    July 25, 2014

  • Man calls police chief "brain dead"

    A Liberty Township man was cited for placing a sign calling Mahoning Township’s police chief “brain dead and hell bound.”

    July 25, 2014

  • New warden returning to Lewisburg penitentiary

    David J. Ebbert has been tapped to replace Jeff Thomas as warden at United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg.

    July 25, 2014

  • Fast food workers to escalate wage demands

    Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

    July 25, 2014

  • 1plane18.jpg Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

    Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Honduran president: U.S. has enormous responsibility for crisis

    The historic influx of illegal immigrants from Central America is caused primarily by the high demand for illicit drugs in the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Today's Editorial: Child's sensibilities shield bad parents

    Periodically, a decree goes forth from the county seat announcing a special on child support, generally in the form of reducing charges and fines for all those able and willing to make good on some payments now past due.

    July 25, 2014

  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.