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Nippon Sharyo expanding

Posted: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Officials gathered after the announcement for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Pictured from left (with shovels) are IL DCEO Adam Pollet, IDOT Joseph Schacter, FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo, IL Governor Pat Quinn, Nippon Sharyo Chairman Katsuyuki Ikushima, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Consul General of Japan to Chicago Masaharu Yoshida, Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. President Akira Koyasu, and Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson. (Photo by Jennifer Simmons)

ROCHELLE – Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo and Nippon Sharyo Ltd. Chairman Katsuyuki Ikushima to announce the expansion of the Nippon Sharyo passenger railcar factory in Rochelle.

The $54 million expansion will create approximately 80 permanent local jobs and nearly 200 construction jobs, and will help Nippon Sharyo fulfill railcar orders from Illinois’ METRA, California’s CalTrans and other transportation systems.

Governor Quinn personally recruited Nippon Sharyo to Illinois, and Tuesday’s announcement is part of the governor’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and create jobs.

For the complete article see the 05-02-2013 issue.

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