BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Hitachi Rail, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, is opening a new $70 million facility in Hagerstown for rolling stock production, including a fleet of new all-electric 8000-series vehicles for the Transportation Authority through the Washington Metropolitan Area, the company announced Monday. .
Subway system announced a $2.2 billion deal last week with Hitachi Rail, including an initial order of 256 rail cars and the option to build up to 800 cars.
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State officials say the 307,000-square-foot facility on Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown is expected to employ 460 people.
Hitachi Rail’s has US offices in Pittsburgh, and the Hagerstown plant will be about a 90-minute drive from Metro’s Greenbelt Rail Yard.
Governor Larry Hogan said: “Hitachi Rail is an incredible global company, and their decision to select Hagerstown as the site of a large-scale US expansion is extremely important news to Washington County and to the wider region as a whole. Maryland State Department. “With this new facility, Hitachi Rail will create hundreds of significant manufacturing jobs in our state with the ability to serve the broader North American market. We are excited to be working together on this transformation project and look forward to the continued success of the company in Maryland. ”
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Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill noted that the facility will have easy access to I-70 and I-81.
Hitachi says the 8000 series will feature in-vehicle Wi-Fi, wider aisles and more space between seats, heated floors, improved ventilation and regenerative braking.
The rail system said in Washington it would replace the 2000 and 3000 cars, which have been in service since the early 1980s.
Once the plant is operational, it will produce up to 20 train cars per month, Hitachi Rail said. Workers will also build all different types of trains, such as trams and bullet trains, at the site.
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“Hitachi Rail’s mission is to provide more seamless, sustainable journeys for passengers, customers and cities,” said Andrew Barr, Group CEO of Hitachi Rail.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/21/hitachi-rail-bringing-70m-manufacturing-facility-to-hagerstown-officials-say/ Officials Say Hitachi Rail Brings $70 Million Manufacturing Facility to Hagerstown – CBS Baltimore