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New York Air Brake getting product line to serve North America

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WATERTOWN — The New York Air Brake will introduce a new product line in 2023.

The Watertown Daily Times confirmed that the company will start the Disc Brake Localization North American line next year.

Air Brake’s parent company, the manufacturing giant Knorr-Bremese Group, has been manufacturing the disc brake product for North America at its German facilities, said David J. Zembiec, CEO of Jefferson County Economic Development.

But the German facilities are at capacity, so the company is shifting operations to Watertown, he said.

“They’re bringing it into the U.S.” Mr. Zembiec said, adding the move will have a strong impact on the local economy.

“It reflects on the flexibility of manufacturing and that it will be closer to market,” Mr. Zembiec said.

The plans for the new product line have been kept under wraps since September, when the company announced 125 layoffs and moving manufacturing to a new facility south of the border in Mexico.

The company would not provide more information about the shift to the Watertown plant or how many jobs it will create, Mr. Zembiec said.

Air Brake is still sorting out the layoffs before it will turn to focus on what it means for jobs by adding on the North American responsibilities, Mr. Zembiec said.

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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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