The expansion of a company that makes railcars will create 80 permanent jobs and 200 construction jobs. The Nippon Sharyo passenger railcar factory in Rochelle is expanding. The $54 million expansion will help Nippon Sharyo fulfill railcar orders from Illinois’ METRA, California’s CalTrans and other transportation systems.
Gov. Pat Quinn recruited Nippon Sharyo to Illinois. “Nippon Sharyo came to Illinois because of our commitment to high-speed rail, strong transportation network and central location, all of which make our state the ideal choice for growing global companies,” Quinn said. “That commitment continues to drive growth today as Nippon Sharyo expands their facility in Rochelle, which will create even more jobs, and strengthen our local economic recovery.”
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Nippon Sharyo will expand its Rochelle plant by adding a new building for metal fabrication and machining work. They will start construction this spring, and plan to be in operation by spring 2014. The new 327,360-square-foot building will allow for a 68 percent expansion of the railcar factory.