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Global train company, Stadler set to expand manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City; 10-year project to create million square foot U.S campus and thousands of direct and indirect jobs

Stadler, the system provider of rail vehicle construction solutions headquartered in Switzerland, is set to construct a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City where they will build and assemble trains for transit properties throughout the United States. Currently, Stadler is leasing space from the Utah Transit Authority at their Warm Springs facility, employing 115 employees.

Stadler’s expansion project will take place at 150 South 5600 West and will take approximately ten years or less depending on future orders.

  • Phase 1 will begin in early 2018 with the construction of new roads, utilities, test track, and manufacturing plant with office building.
  • Additional growth is modular and can scaled to match the needs of future client orders.

Based on the growth forecast, Stadler expects to employ up to 1000 direct employees within the next 10 years and more indirect employees as its local supplier basis. Stadler’s initial investment in the City will be more than $50-million for the initial project. Expansions have not been priced out.

Stadler is very excited to construct the very finest in train manufacturing plants right here in Salt Lake City. The selected location is minutes away from the International Airport and has land ready for Stadler to construct a 0.6 mile North American test track to be used for testing and commissioning of our trains before they ship to clients across the USA and North America.

“The skilled, educated, and dedicated workforce along the Wasatch Front combined with high quality-of-life convinced us to stay and establish our permanent headquarter in Utah. We commend Utah and all the Cities and organizations that worked so hard over the last 2 years to assist Stadler in completing this transition. We are very excited to be a part of the community along the Wasatch-Front and look forward to decades of great partnerships,” says Martin Ritter, CEO.

“We are more than thrilled to welcome, permanently, Stadler to Salt Lake City. To have a company with a global footprint call the Northwest Quadrant home solidifies the City has a premier, strategic location for any company focused in logistics, manufacturing, and distribution,” says Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

Economic Development Director Lara Fritts adds, “There were several locations in Utah that Stadler executives considered when determining where to grow their U.S. operations. Ultimately, Salt Lake City’s proximity to two major highway interstates, international airport, and intersection with the Union Pacific Railroad Intermodal hub, expanding in the capital city was a sound business decision.”

For the past year, Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development (SLC DED) has been engaged with Stadler to ensure their needs for this project are met. The SLC DED team, alongside partners at EDCUtah, GOED, and Downtown Alliance have provided tours of the capital city to Stadler executives, solved storm drain issues to help Stadler activate their current site, provided permitting assistance, and coordinated with other city departments to ensure development timelines are met. “We believe excellent customer service is major benefit to companies like Stadler, in addition to the clear economic advantage Salt Lake City offers compared to other cities and states,” says Fritts.

About Stadler: Stadler has been building trains for 75 years. The system provider of rail vehicle construction solutions is headquartered in Bussnang in Eastern Switzerland, and has a workforce of over 7000 based in various locations across Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belarus, Algeria, UK and the United States. Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the heavy and urban transport segments: High-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and commuter rail trains, underground trains, tram trains and trams. Furthermore, Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. Stadler is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.

About Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development: Formed in 2016, under the leadership of Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development is focused on building Salt Lake City as a vibrant, beautiful, prosperous, diverse, and authentic place – a place that is economically accessible to everyone. Known as the “Crossroads of the West,” Salt Lake City is strategically located for businesses to succeed. SLCDED works to streamline processes, provide excellent customer service, and offer an array of resources and services to recruit and retain businesses in the City, and ensure they have the tools to thrive.

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