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North Dakota's congressional delegation asks Motor Coach to reconsider decision to close Pembina bus plant

In a letter to MCI on Friday, Sept. 16, U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., expressed concerns about how the closure of the facility will affect the plant’s nearly 200 employees.

Motor Coach Industries in Pembina, N.D.
Motor Coach Industries in Pembina, N.D.
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PEMBINA, N.D. — Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are asking Motor Coach Industries to reconsider its decision to close its Pembina, North Dakota plant.

In a letter to MCI on Friday, Sept. 16, U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., expressed concerns about how the closure of the facility will affect the plant’s nearly 200 employees.

“While we understand that domestic and global sales environments are key drivers in business decisions, we believe MCI’s Pembina Assembly Plant and its workers produce a top-quality product, and they should continue to have the opportunity to manufacture in North Dakota," says the letter.

Manitoba, Canada-based NFI Group Inc., MCI’s parent company, announced on Thursday, May 19, that the Pembina plant would be closing late in 2022 as part of a series of cost saving measures. The closure is part of a larger cost-cutting plan with a goal of generating $67 million in cost savings.

Inside the plant, the news was met with surprise by employees, Jennifer Winkler, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union lodge at the MCI plant, told the Herald in June.

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“We were just in shock thinking back to all the things we’ve been told, the broken promises — how we’d never close because we were paid for and have so much to offer this community — things like that,” said Winkler.

In a release from IAM, Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway applauded North Dakota's congressional delegation for supporting the 175 union members at the Pembina plant.

“Their support carries weight in the state and it is our hope that MCI reverses its decision which in its current state will devastate the lives of 175 IAM members, their families and the surrounding communities,” said Galloway. “Our union will continue to fight to protect these highly-skilled jobs and to avoid this facility shutting down.”

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Incumbent Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Independent challenger Cara Mund discussed numerous issues on Tuesday, Sept. 27, including abortion, student loans, Social Security and inflation.

Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
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