COUNCIL VISIT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING IN CALIFORNIA
On Friday, June 5, Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman and senior staff were treated to a tour of the Siemens Mobility Division’s manufacturing plant in Sacramento. Siemens employs more than 800 employees at the 430,000 square foot facility and has 22 acres immediately ready for expansion if it is successful in securing the contract to build California’s high speed rail vehicles.
U.S. Rail Systems Division President Michael Cahill led the tour and showcased the various light rail vehicles, streetcars, locomotives and coaches that built from start to finish including designing, engineering, sub-assembly, final assembly and testing at the plant. The Siemens facility is a green manufacturing plant as it is powered almost exclusively by onsite solar panels. Soon 85 new Muni light trains will be manufactured at the plant in addition to Amtrak trains and light rail vehicles for cities throughout the country.