ROCHELLE - Governor Quinn stops in the Stateline on Monday to make a big announcement for one of the area's newest and largest employers.
Railcar manufacturer, Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle has secured a new contract to begin making high-speed cars. It's a $352 million investment in the Japan-based company, which means more sustained work for the near 300 new employees at the plant the borders I-39.
The governor thanked all the workers at the Rochelle factory for doing what they do during his stop at the facility. Many workers, however, are thanking him and the federal government for this new contract, which is on top of a $585 million dollar contract with Metra that the plant started out with when it opened in July. These two contracts combined make for almost a billion dollars in investment for Nippon Sharyo's Rochelle location.
"It's back to the
future for the State of
Workers at Nippon
Sharyo will supply cars for high speed rail lines currently under construction
"What you all are
doing is historic," said LaHood. "You're
providing the next generation of transportation, not only for
ridership is up from 75% over the last six years and is up an astonishing 224%
"The trains that
you're going to build are going to service those people on that corridor," said
Illinois Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider about that
"The trains you're going to build are going to increase capacity and make it even more successful by allowing for more passengers to ride along that corridor within the same footprint."
Currently the frames
of the railcars are produced in
"We're here to
announce to any other transit agency across the
"We have men and women in this state who have great skill, great craftsmanship; we understand manufacturing."
manufacturing railcars in the Stateline doesn't mean that the area will receive
passenger rail service anytime soon.
Governor Quinn mentioned the proposed