Union Pacific is laying off 57 employees from its car shop in Palestine, Texas, and announced that the shop will close on June 14.
Robynn Tysver, UP’s communication manager, said “While Union Pacific is closing our main car repair facility in Palestine, limited car repair activities will continue in the Palestine area. We did not take today’s step lightly but we are determined to do the right thing for thousands of customers, employees, and communities who rely on us to help build sustainable economic growth across the western two-thirds of the United States. We appreciate the support we have received over the years in the communities of Palestine and Anderson County, as well as the hard work and dedication of our employees. We are working with those impacted to help them with job placement activities.”
Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine) said “It’s incredibly disappointing that Union Pacific has announced their intention to shut down the Palestine car shop after telling us for years how much they care about our community and their employees. Obviously, they never meant it. I will continue to work hard to bring economic opportunity to take the place of this huge loss to our community.”