Former Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly declared that a factory in Erie, Pennsylvania, was closing down — triggering panic among workers and forcing management to send a company-wide email reassuring employees that their jobs were not currently in danger.
Erie News Now reported Tuesday that Biden’s comments earlier in the week about a local locomotive factory shutting down caused the confusion:
“I heard today there’s a locomotive plant thinking of shutting down here. I’m going to invest literally in high speed rail. I have a record on that. I’m the (inaudible). We’re going to create tens of thousands of good paying jobs,” he said in an interview.
The locomotive plant in question was the local facility of the Wabtec Corporation, which makes freight trains.
However, Biden misspoke and corrected himself — off camera.
Erie News Now reported that people nevertheless watched the on-camera interview and became worried: