Alstom Transportation, Inc., will add nearly 200 new jobs as part of an expansion of its Hornell, Steuben County, NY train manufacturing operations, thanks to $30 million in state funding. The project is motivated by Alstom’s successful bid to provide Next Generation High-Speed Trains for Amtrak. The expansion will retain more than 1,000 existing positions in Hornell and at Alstom’s operations in West Henrietta.
New York State’s support for the project was an important factor in Alstom’s efforts to secure the agreement with Amtrak for the $2.5 billion Next Generation High-Speed Trains program.
“This major expansion of Alstom’s world-class manufacturing operations will not only create hundreds of new jobs, but also help drive the economic resurgence of the Southern Tier for years to come,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Investing in key industries across the state creates jobs and strengthens the economy in every region, and advanced manufacturing is the foundation of long-term, sustainable economic growth.”
Alstom, which employs more than 1,000 people in Upstate New York, is a global leader in integrated railway systems and its rolling stock facility in Hornell has been manufacturing and servicing trains for nearly 150 years. The $66.8 million expansion project entails the renovation of existing space at its Hornell facility, which is already one of the is the largest passenger rail manufacturing facilities in North America, adding 60,000 square feet of new production and engineering space and 10,000 feet of new track, including 4,000 feet of test track.
“We thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for successfully advancing this region’s vision through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative,” said Jerome Wallut, President of Alstom North America. “None of this would have been possible without the Governor’s staunch commitment to this region and his continued dedication to making all of Upstate New York thrive. We are honored to be partnered with the State of New York to create jobs and economic opportunities in the Southern Tier. Together, we are investing in people and facilities that will make this region the home of the best trains in the world for generations to come.”
The Acela Express contract with Amtrak involves the design and production of 28 Next-Generation High-Speed Trainsets, the most modern and advanced high-speed trains in the world. These trains will be sold in the U.S., with plans to export high-speed train components to global markets as well. Additionally, the contract includes the supply of technical services and spare parts for up to 30 years, with the majority of the work expected to be performed in Hornell while some work will be at the company’s facility in the Rochester area.
The new trainsets will operate along the Washington – New York – Boston Northeast Corridor, initially at speeds up to 160 mph, and will have one-third more passenger seats, as well as modern amenities such as improved Wi-Fi access, personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights at every seat, enhanced food service and a smoother, more reliable ride.
“Amtrak’s acquisition of new, state-of-the-art trainsets for our premium high-speed Acela service promises to reshape the Northeast Corridor travel market in much the same way Acela did when it was first introduced in 2000,” said Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia. “We appreciate the leadership and engagement of Governor Cuomo on this important initiative and look forward to working with our partners at Alstom to deliver the new trainsets in time for revenue service in 2021.”
Since acquiring the Hornell site, which has been a major employer for the community for over a century and plays a critical role in the Southern Tier regional economy, Alstom has employed thousands of New Yorkers and invested more than $70 million to ensure it remains a world-leading manufacturing facility in Upstate New York. The Hornell plant has delivered more than 8,000 new or refurbished rail vehicles to customers across North America, including 1,000 subway cars to New York City Transit. Alstom helps 10 million commuters make their way to and around New York City.
“Alstom’s expansion and commitment to create hundreds of new jobs is a huge win for the Hornell community and the entire Southern Tier regional economy,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has eliminated the corporate income tax on all manufacturers, one of the many reasons we’ve given companies like Alstom to stay and grow here. Advanced manufacturing is a critical industry to the future of Upstate and we couldn’t be prouder that the next generation of high-speed trains will be stamped ‘Made in New York’.”
Since Governor Cuomo established the Regional Economic Development Councils in 2011, the Southern Tier REDC has focused on job creation and economic growth strategies in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Sector. In its successful submission for the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the region’s Southern Tier Soaring strategic plan included a focus on advanced manufacturing in the transportation sector, seeking to capitalize on the high-growth potential of advanced manufacturing by leveraging the existing regional knowledge base in the transportation manufacturing industry.
Alstom’s expansion project in Hornell strongly aligns with this strategy and as a result, the state has committed $30 million in URI funding to support project related capital expenditures, including construction, renovation, machinery and equipment. Alstom has committed to create at least 193 new jobs over the next five years and retain 1,025 existing jobs in Hornell and West Henrietta, while investing more than $66 million in the project.
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