Siemens Rail Automation will expand its manufacturing and engineering operations in the Pittsburgh area, in a move that will bring an additional 129 jobs, the company announced Friday.
The new facility, located in Munhall, will combine the existing Siemens East Pittsburgh manufacturing facility, which has 35 employees, and its 18th Street location, which employs 23 engineers. Of the jobs that will be added, Siemens said 68 will be in engineering and 61 will be in manufacturing.
The expansion will be supported through a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program Grant, awarded by Gov. Tom Corbett's office. Siemens said it will invest an additional $1 million in the new facility.
“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,” John Paljug, president of Siemens Rail Automation said in a statement. “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 facility will specifically support the company's 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, Siemens said. In partnership with Bombardier Transportation, Siemens was a $428 million contract in November to upgrade the MTA lines.
The new, 38,300-square-foot location will be at 700 East Waterfront Drive.
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