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Report: Midwest firms coupled to high-speed rail

February 9, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, Gov. Pat Quinn, left, U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, center, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., celebrate in Pontiac, Ill., after the Amtrak train they are riding reached 110 mph during a test run between Pontiac and Dwight, Ill. Hundreds of Midwest manufacturers stand to benefit from a web of high-speed passenger rail routes emerging from Chicago’s rail hub, according to a report released by an environmental policy group that has fought to defend the use of billions in taxpayer money on such projects. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Midwest manufacturers stand to benefit from a web of high-speed passenger rail routes emerging from Chicago’s rail hub, according to a report released by an environmental policy group that has fought to defend the use of billions in taxpayer money on such projects.

The report released Friday by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center found that 460 manufacturers in seven Midwest states are poised to reap new business, along with a dozen more highly visible companies that make rail cars and locomotives. Those additional supply-chain manufacturers make everything from seats, couplers and bolts to ceiling panels, interior lighting and air horns. They also cut sheet metal, provide electronics and communications equipment, and supply track maintenance machinery.

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