Metra riders to benefit from new Rochelle railcar plant
ROCHELLE – This tiny town near DeKalb is nicknamed “the Hub” because it’s the center of a wheel with spokes made up of two interstates and two major U.S. railroads, considered an advantage for manufacturers and shippers.
But it also became a hub of state, federal and international attention today with the formal opening of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc.’s $35 million passenger railcar assembly plant.
For Illinois and Rochelle, the plant represents a multimillion-dollar investment in incentives to lure the Japanese manufacturer to “Build American” amid the cornfields and create some 300 jobs.
SEE: The Last Pullman Car, a film about the closure of the Pullman railcar plant and the men and women fighting for their jobs and the future of organized labor in the midst of a changing economy.
The Last Pullman Car will be broadcast on Chicago’s WTTW this Labor Day, and will be available on DVD beginning September 25th.