Siemens, the Munich-based company that builds railcars around the world, is set to open another factory in Sacramento. The new plant will open this month in McClellan Park. It'll be the second Siemens facility in Sacramento. The other one, a manufacturing plant in South Sacramento, was opened nearly 30 years ago.
"We have a long history here and we have an excellent workforce and great relationship with the state of California and we're excited to continue to be part of that," says Chris Maynard with Siemens.
He says the new 60,000 square-foot facility at McClellan will be the company's Mobility Customer Services U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub.
"We do overall refurbishment, maintenance, spare parts logistics all right out of there," says Maynard.
One of the first projects, he says, will be for Calgary Transit in Alberta, Canada.
"It's a $21 million contract," explains Maynard. "We'll be doing 32 vehicles out of the factory with an option for 40 more."
Maynard says the company will also refurbish 21 Sacramento Regional Transit light rail vehicles that will add about 15 years of additional life to them.
The new plant will employ 30 people. The South Sacramento facility has more than 800 employees.