posted on 7th Mar 2023 19:00
Siemens Mobility, the Unites States’ largest passenger rolling stock manufacturer, will expand its manufacturing footprint by building a 220 million USD advanced manufacturing and rail services facility in Lexington, NC. The new works will create more than 500 new jobs and will be one of the city’s largest employers. With the increased capacity, Siemens Mobility will fulfill the growing demand for passenger rail in America
Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG, said: “America’s investing in rail - and we are investing in America. Siemens has invested 3 billion USD in manufacturing expansions and M&A activities in the U.S. over the past four years alone, including nearly 400 million USD to grow its U.S. manufacturing footprint and over two and half billion dollars in strategic U.S. acquisitions. This latest facility will build rail technology to help transform the everyday for millions of passengers around the country, particularly as the country sees a resurgence in public transit and intercity travel.”
Michael Peter, CEO at Siemens Mobility, explain: “For more than 30 years, we’ve seen the US market continue to grow as we have manufactured over 3,000 locomotives, passenger coaches and Light Rail Vehicles in the USA in partnership with our 2,000 American suppliers, including more than 40 in North Carolina. We now look forward to expanding in North Carolina and on the East Coast and to continuing delivering sustainable rail in the USA. We are delighted to be in Lexington, which will work side-by-side with our long-established Sacramento factory in serving the increasing needs of the US rail industry from coast-to-coast.”
The passenger coach manufacturing factory, as well as first-of-its-kind locomotive and passenger coach overhauls facility will be on a 200-acre site allowing for future facility expansion. When it starts operations in 2024, it will incorporate on some of the latest technologies found in Sacramento works including robotic welding, 3D printing, and Virtual Reality welder training. In addition, when fully operational the facility will be carbon neutral, playing an important role in sustainability commitments.
Lexington is in Davidson County and home to nearly 20,000. It is located in the Piedmont Triad: a commerce hub with easy access to transportation and a strong workforce in central North Carolina. Siemens Mobility will be receiving a Job Development Investment Grant from the state of North Carolina. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the facility is estimated to grow the state’s economy by 1.6 billion USD.
From the first light rail vehicle to delivered to San Diego in 1984 to the 30,000 rail crossings across America, Siemens Mobility has contributed to the power of connection, jobs and investment to American cities with eight manufacturing sites, 4,000 employees and more than 2,000 suppliers across the United States. Siemens Mobility has been manufacturing in America for more than 40 years and Lexington, NC will be its ninth manufacturing site, with other facilities located in Alpharetta, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, Marion, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New Castle, Delaware, Tualatin, Oregon and two facilities in Sacramento, California.
Lexington’s sister site will be the 60-acre, solar-powered, rolling stock plant in Sacramento, which has been manufacturing vehicles for more than 30 years. The Buy America compliant vehicles are built by the 2,500 employees in Sacramento, with the support American suppliers across 40 states. More than 40 transit agencies across the U.S. and Canada benefit from Siemens Mobility’s portfolio of light rail vehicles, locomotives, passenger coaches, components and automation systems, moving millions of passengers every year.
Siemens has been a national asset moving America forward for more than 160 years, investing 40 billion USD in the United States over the past two decades while serving the industries and infrastructure forming the backbone of the American economy. The company’s 45,000 employees across the U.S. and 21 manufacturing sites are developing and deploying technologies for more than 100 cities and 90 % of Fortune 500 industrial companies.