Stadler is building a new plant in Salt Lake City. The total amount of the investment stands at around 50 million US dollars. The plant’s ground breaking ceremony was celebrated on October 13 by Peter Spuhler, Group CEO and owner of Stadler, and Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, along with Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other guests from the worlds of politics and business. After renting a service plant from the Utah Transit Authority in 2016 to build its TEXRail trains, Stadler has confirmed its commitment to the area by beginning construction of its very own Utah plant, which will be used to assemble efficient, lightweight multiple unit trains for the American market.
In June 2015, Stadler received an order from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for eight new FLIRT trains. The fact that federal funds were being used for the order made it subject to the Buy America Act, and for the first time Stadler was required to find a location in the USA where the TEXRail trains could be built. The infrastructure of the former Union Pacific plant in Salt Lake City was well suited to the requirements of the TEXRail order. The TEXRail FLIRT is the first FLIRT to be built in the USA. The public got its first glimpse of the train on October 9 at the APTA Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
When Stadler received a major contract from Caltrain for the construction of 16 bi-level trains in August 2016, the company quickly realized it would need a larger production space. The decision to stay in Utah was based on the state’s outstanding economic conditions and its political environment which ensured widespread support from the Governor’s Office and other authorities in Salt Lake City and Clearfield, as well as in Davis and Salt Lake Counties. The decision was also swayed by Utah’s dedication to public transport, the state’s proximity to existing customers on the West Coast, and a workforce of enthusiastic and well-trained workers, who after nine months were already 115 strong.
The ground breaking ceremony for the new Stadler plant was attended by Senator Orrin Hatch, Governor Gary Herbert and Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City.
Orrin Hatch commented on Stadler’s new site as follows: "I’m pleased to see yet another company decide to open their headquarters in Utah. With such an educated, determined, and patriotic workforce, Utah is a perfect place for Stadler US to call home. Transportation and logistics are integral to business operations across the country, and I’m thrilled that Utah will now play an even greater role in contributing to our growing economy."
The new plant lies right off of I-80, five minutes from the international airport and just ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. It has its own side track on the main Denver-San Francisco line. The plant has been designed to accommodate around 350 workstations, but can be upgraded on a modular basis at any time. Its 62-acre property boasts 75,000 ft2 of production space for the bogie, main, pre- and final assembly of single- and bi-level trains. In addition to storage and handling areas, test tracks will be set up for the commissioning of the trains. Office spaces and an employee cafeteria are also located on the site.
Peter Spuhler noted: "It makes me proud that we were able to lay the cornerstone for our new American plant in Salt Lake City today. Our choice of location was made easier by the region’s excellent economic and political conditions, as well as the support we have received from the various authorities. We can now be confident in our ability to supply the US train market with the most cutting-edge rail vehicle technology."