Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail has started construction of a new plant in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.
The construction of the new facility is expected to require an investment of nearly $50m.
The company is set to use the new plant to assemble efficient, lightweight, multiple-unit trains for the American market upon completion.
Stadler Group CEO and owner Peter Spuhler said: “Our choice of location was made easier by the region’s excellent economic and political conditions, as well as the support we have received from the various authorities.
“We can now be confident in our ability to supply the US train market with the most cutting-edge rail vehicle technology.”
The company previously operated the former Union Pacific plant in Salt Lake City, which was used to build eight new TEXRail FLIRT trains under a contract originally awarded by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in June 2015.
Stadler began searching for a larger production space after the company won a major contract from Caltrain to construct 16 bi-level trains in August last year.
The company decided to build the new plant in Utah due to the state’s proximity to existing customers on the West Coast and the availability of a well-trained workforce.
The new plant is situated on a 62-acre area besides I-80, five minutes from the international airport and roughly ten minutes' drive from the city.
It has its own side track on the main Denver-San Francisco line and is able to accommodate nearly 350 workstations, which can be upgraded on a modular basis in the future.
The facility can also be used for the bogie, main, pre and final assembly of single and bi level locomotive units.
The company also plans to develop test tracks at the site for the commissioning of new trains, as well as storage and handling segments.
Image: Artist's impression of Stadler Rail’s new plant. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail AG.