Siemens Expands Sacramento Plant To Meet HSR Demand

Siemens Mobility is expanding its U.S. manufacturing plant to meet future demand for trains and rail infrastructure technologies required for high-speed rail (HSR) systems.

Siemens has bought 20 acres of land adjacent to its existing 34-acre, light-rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. Siemens employs more than 700 people at that facility, which recently underwent a $26 million expansion. The company also is expanding its solar energy system, doubling the capacity so that it will meet nearly all of the factory's current power needs and a portion of those required for the manufacture of high-speed trains.

"We applaud the Obama Administration's commitment to building America's high-speed rail system. Siemens is ready to not only bring its proven high-speed-train technology to the U.S. market, but also to build the systems right here in the United States," said Oliver Hauck, president of Siemens Mobility in the United States.

Siemens makes trains that run up to 220 mph and are operating in Germany, China, Russia and Spain. It also produces a line of trains that operate at speeds between 110 and 125 mph.