Trinity Rail to return to Cartersville
by Jason Lowrey
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Trinity Rail in Cartersville, which closed in 2009 and laid off 659 employees, is making plans to reopen its manufacturing facility. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Trinity Rail in Cartersville, which closed in 2009 and laid off 659 employees, is making plans to reopen its manufacturing facility. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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A little more than five years after Trinity Rail announced layoffs at its Cartersville facility, the company is seemingly working to reactivate the plant.

Trinity Rail OEM, a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., was formerly known as Trinity Rail North American Freight Car, Inc. when it laid off 659 employees in 2009. Now, according to the Trinity Industries hiring website, the company is looking to fill 23 positions at the Cartersville plant. The openings range from a plant manager — posted on April 15 — to various supervisors, managers and production-oriented positions.

Trinity Vice President of Public Affairs Jack Todd did not respond to multiple requests for comment before press time. However, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said he was “excited” the company was looking to restart operations in Bartow County.

“That’s what I hear. ... I understand they are talking about coming back,” Taylor said.

Cartersville-Bartow County Economic Development Executive Director Melinda Lemmon declined to comment on Trinity’s operations in Cartersville.

Though no official announcement has been made from the company, vehicles were seen at the Cartersville facility Wednesday.

In 2009 Trinity Rail laid off its entire work force by Aug. 5, citing “ a downturn in orders,” in a statement sent to The Daily Tribune News at the time.

In a press release dated Tuesday, parent company Trinity Industries announced record quarterly revenues and net income for its first quarter of 2014, with revenues of $1.5 billion and net income of $226.4 million. The numbers represented year-over-year increases of 57 percent and 186 percent, respectively.

The release also stated the company’s rail group received orders for 9,625 new railcars during the first quarter. The orders contributed to a total backlog of 42,630 units valued at $5.2 billion. The rail group itself reported record revenues, according to the release, of $857.4 million and an operating profit of $167.5 million.

“During the first quarter, all of our business groups improved their results, increasing both operating profit and margin compared to the prior year,” said Trinity Chairman, CEO and President Timothy R. Wallace in the release. “Since the fourth quarter of 2010, we have been successful in extended year-over-year growth in revenue and net income. These are tremendous accomplishments, and I am very proud of our people, whose capabilities and hard work enabled us to realign our manufacturing capacity to meet strong demand for our products and services that support the oil, gas and chemical industries.”

Trinity Industries is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has five main business segments: rail, railcar leasing and management services, inland barges, construction products and energy equipment.