Japanese rolling stock manufacturer to close US factory

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Japanese rolling stock manufacturer Nippon Sharyo is set to close its US train plant in Rochelle, Illinois.

In an announcement on July 24, subsidiary Nippon Sharyo USA said the decision was motivated by market trends and the company’s financial situation.

As a result, the factory will close on August 30, just over six years since it was inaugurated.

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Nippon Sharyo’s US factory has a site area of 230,000m2 and a capacity to build 120 passenger cars a year.

Its first order was for 160 double-deck EMUs for Chicago commuter rail operator Metra but it has not built anything this year.

The train maker, which is itself a subsidiary of Central Japan Railway Company, intends to sell the factory to a third party.

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