Slowing sales spark layoff at tank car maker

Chicago-based Union Tank Car is laying off 100 of its 472 production workers, according to the Post-Tribune of Merrillville. The layoffs will be split between its plants in East Chicago and Sheldon, Texas.

The manufacturer said the market weakened after the ethanol boom prompted a surge in production of cars to carry the fuel. As many as 60 cars a week rolled off the assembly line in East Chicago at peak production.

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