Siemens has announced it is expanding its footprint in Sacramento, Calif. by opening a new 60,000-square-foot plant solely dedicated to its growing rail service, maintenance and repair operations. The new site, located in McClellan Park, will be Siemens Mobility Customer Services U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub.
It will 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 modernizations 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.
The new rail service facility will complement Siemens existing rail manufacturing operations in Sacramento. The manufacturing plant located in South Sacramento, which has been in operation for almost 30 years, currently employs over 800 people, and includes a recent 125,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate growing production needs.
Siemens will employ over 30 people at the new McClellan Park facility and will begin operations in early February. McClellan Park formerly known as McClellan Air Force Base is undergoing a privatized revitalization, the 8 million-square-foot business park is now home to 200+ industrial and office tenants.