New York Air Brake shifts operations, 125 Watertown employees laid off

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — On Wednesday, New York Air Brake announced plans to realign operations in North America.

According to the global manufacturer New York Air Brake LLC, the company will launch production in Acuna, Mexico. This will cause the company to shift capacity and production scop at three facilities in the United States, including Salisbury, North Carolina; Nixa, Missouri; and Kansas City, Missouri.

New York Air Brake President and CEO Ulisses Camilo noted that over 70% of the company’s freight OE clients are producing railcars in Mexico. This is the reasoning behind this new launch.

As a result, NYAB will refocus its manufacturing capabilities in Watertown, New York to become a machining operation. The company confirmed that in order to minimize customer disruptions, the phased transition across North America will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. This will impact approximately 125 out of the nearly 400 workers employed in Watertown.

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