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Japanese Firms Get $180 Million Rail Car Order from Long Island Rail Road

March 13, 1995

TOKYO (AP) _ Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsui and Co. have received a $180 million order for 114 commuter train cars from the Long Island Rail Road, the Japanese companies said Monday.

The New York City-area railroad, which ordered 23 locomotives from General Motors last week, has an option to buy an additional 48 commuter cars as part of the contract.

The cars will be built by Kawasaki subsidiary Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. of Yonkers, N.Y.

About 40 percent of the required parts will be procured from New York-area suppliers, while the rest will be produced at Kawasaki’s plant in western Japan. The plant was damaged during the Kobe earthquake in January, but will be able to fill the orders, Kawasaki said.

The Japanese companies said the rail cars are to be delivered to the LIRR over the next 43 months.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a leading shipbuilder and heavy-machinery maker. Mitsui is one of Japan’s six largest industrial groups.

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