Siemens to open new railcar plant in U.S.
Siemens Mobility is investing $220 million in a new plant in Lexington, North Carolina, that will manufacture passenger rolling stock. On the territory of the 80-hectare enterprise there will also be located the workshops for maintenance and repair of locomotives and passenger cars. This is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to zdmira.
The production halls will house state-of-the-art equipment similar to that already in use at another Siemens North American plant in Sacramento (California): robotic welding units, 3D printers, etc. A training center with augmented reality elements for welders is planned. The Lexington site will be climate-neutral from the start, in line with Siemens Mobility’s long-term sustainability strategy.
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The facility will employ more than 500 workers. The city of Lexington, with a population of 20,000, is centrally located in North Carolina and has good access to the transportation network. Siemens will receive a 12-year investment grant from the state as part of its job development program. The new plant is expected to contribute $1.6 billion to the state economy over that period.
Siemens Mobility has invested $3 billion in the U.S. over the past four years, including $400 million in manufacturing development and $2.5 billion in strategic acquisitions of local players. The company works with 2,000 U.S. suppliers, 40 of which are located in North Carolina. Siemens Mobility employs 4,000 people at its U.S. facilities.
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