Siemens Rail Automation to expand Pennsylvania manufacturing and engineering operations, create jobs to support Positive Train Control projects
Pittsburgh, PA | Aug 13, 2014
- Rail Automation business to add 129 new engineering and manufacturing jobs to meet growing demand and support New York MTA Positive Train Control project, among
- Siemens will invest approximately $1 million in the new facility
Today, Siemens Rail Automation announced it will combine and expand its manufacturing and engineering operations in the Pittsburgh area to help meet growing demand for its rail automation technologies. The expansion will specifically support Positive Train Control (PTC) projects, including a project to upgrade train control systems on the two largest rail lines in the U.S. for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). The company plans to add 129 high-skilled jobs, 68 in engineering and 61 in manufacturing, at its new location outside of downtown Pittsburgh in Munhall, PA.
The new facility will combine Siemens East Pittsburgh manufacturing facility with 35 employees and its 18th Street location in Pittsburgh that employs 23 engineers.
The manufacturing team assembles and wires the complex control equipment required for Positive Train Control systems and the associated wayside signal systems. The systems engineering staff provides hardware and software solutions for everything from simple highway crossings to fully automated driverless transit systems.
“We have been engineering and manufacturing some of the world’s most efficient and safe rail technologies in Pennsylvania for over 25 years, and we’re thrilled to expand our footprint in the region by creating additional highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs,” said John Paljug, president of Siemens Rail Automation. “By combining our current operations into one location, we can meet the growing demand for advanced rail technologies like Positive Train Control that are essential for efficient rail travel and critical to ensuring the safety of America’s railways.”
The expansion received a funding proposal from the State of Pennsylvania in the form of a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation, tax incentives of approximately $129,000 and $58,050 which will be used for skill training for new and current employees.
“We’re building a stronger Pennsylvania where companies – both large and small – are growing and creating new jobs,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “My administration is proud to support job creators like Siemens, a global company that is investing in Pennsylvania and creating good-paying engineering and manufacturing jobs in the Pittsburgh region.”
In November of last year, Siemens, in a consortium with Bombardier Transportation, was awarded a $428 million contract to upgrade train control systems on the two largest commuter lines in the U.S. for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York. Siemens and Bombardier will develop, test and commission a new Positive Train Control (PTC) system, a technology solution that helps monitors and control train movement, for the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter lines. These improvements will increase efficiency on lines that carry around 80 million passengers per year.
Siemens finalized its acquisition of Invensys Rail in May of last year, expanding the company’s footprint in the global rail automation market and strengthening its technology offerings, including Positive Train Control solutions.
To learn more about Siemens Rail Automation business and technologies, please visit https://www.mobility.siemens.com/us/en.html.
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