Oregon Iron Works Inc
. is receiving a $4 million contract to produce the nation's first domestically-manufactured modern streetcar.
The announcement was made Friday at the company's headquarters in Clackamas by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation.
"I'm proud that Oregon will get to show that we can produce a quality product as good or better than they make in Europe and restore good, family-wage manufacturing jobs here at home," DeFazio said.
DeFazio, with the assistance of the Oregon and Washington congressional delegations, secured a special authorization of $4 million to foster the domestic production of a streetcar vehicle similar to the Portland Streetcar.
Oregon Iron Works will build a prototype streetcar under the aegis of its newly-formed subsidiary, United Streetcar LLC. The prototype will be based on the model currently manufactured in the Czech Republic by Skoda, provider of cars for Portland's five-year-old streetcar system. The design is for a four-axle, double-ended, low-floor streetcar, fully compatible with the existing Portland Streetcar. The award of this contract will make Oregon Iron Works the sole U.S. manufacturer of the modern low-floor streetcar.
Oregon Iron Works will add 20 new employees to produce the streetcar.
The company employs more than 400 and has additional manufacturing facilities in Vancouver.