Siemens, a U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based Siemens AG, is expanding its footprint in Sacramento, California. The company plans to employ over 30 people at the new site.
The new 60,000 square-foot facility, located in McClellan Park, will be Siemens Mobility Customer Services U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub and house the company’s rail refurbishment operations, rail bogie service center, accident repair, spare parts delivery, and administrative offices. One of the first projects at the new facility will be a $21 million contract to modernize 32 SD160 light rail vehicles for Calgary Transit in Alberta, Canada.
“We’re thrilled to expand our already significant footprint in the Sacramento region with the opening of this new rail service facility,” said Chris Maynard, head of Customer Service for Siemens Mobility. “This expansion signals our dedication to servicing and modernizing rail systems across North America while continuing to deliver industry-leading manufacturing expertise, ensuring that our customers can continue to make the most of their rail systems.”
The Calgary Transit refurbishment project will include upgrading passenger information systems for better interoperability across the fleet, improved wheel-set systems for easier maintenance, updated flooring and seating, and modernization to the operators’ cab interior and dash. These improvements will result in a similar look and feel to the 63 new S200 light rail vehicles for Calgary currently being manufactured by Siemens Rolling Stock in Sacramento.
The Customer Services business is also partnering with Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) to complete the refurbishment of 21 light rail vehicles for the RT system. The refurbishments will add approximately 15 years of additional useful life to the vehicles. Refurbished light rail vehicles are currently in operation on the Blue Line to Cosumnes River College extension.
“We worked aggressively to assure that the facilities at McClellan Park could be redesigned and built to accommodate Siemens specialized requirements”, said Ken Giannotti, Senior Vice President of McClellan Business Park LLC. “We are looking forward to a long term relationship with the Siemens organization at McClellan Park”.
Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets. In the U.S., Siemens is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies. The company has transportation manufacturing hubs in Sacramento, Louisville, Marion, Kentucky and Pittsburgh.