Siemens Mobility starts construction on $220-million factory

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

A groundbreaking ceremony has launched construction of Siemens Mobility’s passenger rolling stock manufacturing and service facility in Lexington.

The $220-million plant will be used to produce passenger coaches and overhaul locomotives and hauled stock. It is expected to open in 2024.

“Our new east coast hometown will soon be a powerhouse when it comes to rail manufacturing,” said Michael Cahill, president for Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility North America. “Complementing our operations in Sacramento, our bi-coastal facilities will work together to manufacture the latest rail technology and transform the everyday for communities across the country.”North Carolina is providing a 12-year job development investment grant for the project.

Technologies that will be used at the site will include robotic welding, 3D printing and virtual reality welder training. When fully operational the facility will be carbon neutral.

“This is not just an investment in rail, but an investment in manufacturing, jobs, sustainability, digitalisation and the future of modern transportation,” said CEO Marc Buncher said.

The site will be Siemens’ ninth manufacturing site in the U.S.

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