Today, elected and local officials will join executives of CRRC Sifang America for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the company’s $100 million railcar manufacturing facility on Chicago’s southeast side. The assembly plant, expected to be completed in 2018, is the first of its kind to be built in Chicago in 35 years.
In 2016, CRRC Sifang America was awarded a contract for up to $1.3 billion by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to supply more than 840 new 7000 Series railcars. The new railcars will replace approximately half of the agency’s current fleet. As part of the contract, CRRC Sifang America committed to assemble the railcars in Chicago and engage in workforce development partnerships to help train residents to hold jobs at the plant. The majority of the 170 new jobs at the facility will be union, high-skilled, sheet metal and electrical workers.
The plant is expected to produce the 7000 Series cars for CTA over a 10-year period.