Congressman applauds expansion of Union Tank Car

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Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman spent Tuesday in Texarkana, Arkansas.  His first stop was a company that said it has plans to expand in the area.

Officials with Union Tank Car Company in Texarkana said it has plans for growth. “We’re looking to do an additional third shift in the near future,” said Plant Manager Brent Bonvillain.

That was welcome news to Westerman as he toured the facility. “I’m excited that they’re actually expanding,” Westerman said.

Union Tank Car Company repairs, manufactures and leases railcars.  The Texarkana plant’s new manager hoped to add fifty new jobs over the next few months. “We’re actually hiring up now. I’ve got nine openings as we speak,” Bonvillain said.  You can view jobs on the company’s website:

Westerman added that the company is hiring some displaced workers from nearby Red River Army Depot.  About nine hundred people were laid off there last year due to lack of workload. Westerman said he and representatives from neighboring states continue to lobby for more work for the facility. “We all kindof come together to do the best we can to make sure that facility remains operational,” he said.

Later Tuesday, at a luncheon with local business leaders, Westerman discussed a feasibility student to make the Red River navigable from Shreveport, an environmental assessment on the Sulphur River, and the need to complete Interstate 49. “We’ve gotta get a bridge across the Arkansas River and then get that interstate down through the western part of the state and I think that’ll be great for the country and for the region, and especially for residents in that corridor.”

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