Siemens to Expand California Light-Rail Manufacturing Plant

Feb. 19, 2010
Siemens Mobility announced that it is expanding its light-rail vehicle manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif., in anticipation of an increase in demand for high-speed trains and rail infrastructure.

The company said it has purchased land for plant expansion and is augmenting its power supply from renewable energy sources.

The expansion efforts come in response to the recent announcement that the Obama administration is awarding $8 billion to states across the country to develop a nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

"We applaud the Obama administration's commitment to building America's high-speed-rail system," said Oliver Hauck, president of Siemens Mobility in the United States. "Siemens is ready to not only bring its proven high-speed-train technology to the U.S. market, but also to build the systems right here in the United States."

To meet the future demand for high-speed-rail technology, Siemens recently completed the purchase of 20 acres of land adjacent to its existing 34-acre manufacturing facility in Sacramento. The Siemens facility in Sacramento is the only permanent light-rail vehicle manufacturing facility in the United States, according to the company. Siemens employs more than 700 people in this facility, which recently underwent a $26 million expansion.

The company also is expanding its solar energy system, doubling the capacity from 1 megawatt to 2 full megawatts, which will meet nearly all of the factory's current power needs and a portion of those required for the manufacture of high-speed trains.

Siemens makes a line of trains that run up to 220 mph, which currently are operating in Germany, China, Russia and Spain. The trains are a match for the systems proposed for California and Florida, according to the company.

Siemens also produces a line of trains that go between 110 and 125 mph, which would fit the requirements of other high-speed-rail corridors, including the Midwest, according to the company.

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Josh Cable | Former Senior Editor

Former Senior Editor Josh Cable covered innovation issues -- including trends and best practices in R&D, process improvement and product development. He also reported on the best practices of the most successful companies and executives in the world of transportation manufacturing, which encompasses the aerospace, automotive, rail and shipbuilding sectors. 

Josh also led the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame, IW’s annual tribute to the most influential executives and thought leaders in U.S. manufacturing history.

Before joining IndustryWeek, Josh was the editor-in-chief of Penton Media’s Government Product News and Government Procurement. He also was an award-winning beat reporter for several small newspapers in Northeast Ohio.

Josh received his BFA in creative writing from Bowling Green University, and continued his professional development through course-work at Ohio University and Cuyahoga Community College.

A lifelong resident of the Buckeye State, Josh currently lives in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. When the weather cooperates, you’ll find him riding his bike to work, exercising his green thumb in the backyard or playing ultimate Frisbee.  

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