NREC’s Dixmoor, IL manufacturing and assembly facility
The first stop on the tour was NREC’s Dixmoor, IL manufacturing and assembly facility. National Railway Equipment Co. is the world’s largest independent producer of locomotives. NREC builds and remanufacture’s new and existing locomotives and component assemblies at five Illinois sites, located in Dixmoor, Mt. Vernon, Silvis, Yorkville and Gilman, with additional facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Mount Pleasant, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; Belle Chase and Houma, Louisiana; Waycross, Georgia; Capreol, Ontario; and Calgary, Alberta. Materials for NREC products are 95% domestically sourced, with most of the manufacturing and assembly taking place in Illinois. Currently there are 300+ N-ViroMotives in operation and demand for the new engines is high. In July alone, NREC received 14 new orders, sending its patented N-ViroMotive engines to all corners of the U.S. and bringing more than $21.4 million to Illinois – a third of which is federal stimulus money.