Rio Tinto’s commitment to use local suppliers to build ore railcars for its Pilbara mining operations has been welcomed by the State Government. The announcement will see Rio Tinto commit to the initial purchase of 50 iron ore railcars followed by an ongoing commitment of 10 iron ore cars a year for at least the next five years. Premier Mark McGowan said WA has untapped potential to further support major resource industries through local manufacturing. “I encourage other iron ore companies operating in Western Australia to join Rio Tinto in supporting local manufacturing, creating jobs and the diversification of the economy that has been the source of their success,” he said. State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook said local manufacturing helped lower the risks associated with global supply chains. “This is a significant announcement for the manufacturing industry in Western Australia, and is testament to the work of the Iron Ore Railcar Wagons Manufacturing and Maintenance Action Group, which will now undertake the full feasibility study,” he said. Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said boosting local manufacturing would create a pipeline of local jobs and enable the State to become more self-sufficient.