Siemens Mobility announced a USD 220 million investment for the construction of a passenger coach manufacturing and service facility in the City of Lexington, North Carolina.
The production activities at the new plant will start in 2024 creating 500 jobs by 2028.
“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,” Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG said.
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 some of the latest technologies such as robotic welding, 3D printing, and virtual reality welder training. The Sacramento facility is also equipped with these technologies. In addition, when fully operational the facility will be carbon neutral, playing an important role in our sustainability commitments.
Lexington is located in Davidson County and home to nearly 20,000. It is situated in the Piedmont Triad, a commerce hub with easy access to transport 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 USD 1.6 billion.
With the new passenger coach manufacturing plant, Siemens Mobility will expand its capacities and capabilities to provide the market with latest products and services. “We now look forward to expanding in North Carolina and on the East Coast and to continuing delivering sustainable rail in the USA,” Michael Peter, CEO at Siemens Mobility said.
Siemens Mobility owns eight manufacturing facilities in the US which employ 4,000 people and involve more than 2,000 suppliers across the country.
“Thanks to our state’s skilled workforce, and the proven education and training systems that help people maintain and build those skills, North Carolina is the number one state for manufacturing,” Governor Roy Cooper said.
Lexington’s sister site will be the 60-acre, solar-powered, rolling stock facility in Sacramento, which has been manufacturing vehicles for more than 30 years and has delivered more than 3,000 locomotives, passenger coaches and LRVs. The Buy America compliant vehicles are built by the 2,500 employees in Sacramento, with the support American suppliers across 40 states.