Oregon Iron Works to make streetcars for D.C.

Oregon Iron Works subsidiary United Streetcar will build two streetcars for a new line in Washington, D.C.

Oregon Iron Works subsidiary United Streetcar will build two streetcars for a new line in Washington, D.C.

Oregon Iron Works Inc. and its subsidiary United Streetcar announced this week that it received an order for two public transit cars from the District of Columbia's new streetcar line slated to open in 2013.

The cars will be added to a list of contracts totaling 15 cars. The streetcars are being built for lines in Portland and Tucson in addition to Washington, D.C.

"This announcement is great news for Oregon manufacturing," said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., in a statement. "(It) will create much-needed jobs in Clackamas County. I can't wait to take a trip on the Oregon-made streetcars in our nation's capital."

Oregon Iron Works got into the streetcar business in 2005. Its United Streetcar subsidiary has some 40 employees and is going after streetcar contracts across the country. Its supply chain includes more than 200 vendors across 20 states.

Oregon Iron Works last month fell short of a similar bid for Cincinnati, showing up in a gallery of rejected designs for that city's streetcar line.

Chandra Brown, who visited Washington, D.C., last November to accept a Champions of Change designation from the White House, is president of United Streetcar and vice president of Oregon Iron Works.

"As a small business that employs hundreds of skilled Oregonians, we are delighted to be selected to build these locally built modern streetcars to such a prominent and distinct city as our nation’s capital," Brown said in a press release.

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