Nippon Sharyo Says it Will Complete Car Order

A passenger car builder that has fallen behind schedule on constructing 172 new bi-level cars for Amtrak corridor service in the Midwest and California said it is committed to finishing the project.

Work at the Nippon Sharyo factory in Rochelle, Illinois, ground to a halt last year when a prototype car failed a compression test.

Nippon SharyoNippon Sharyo has laid 98 workers at the plant and the federal funding for the project may be in jeopardy if the order is not completed by Sept. 30, 2017.

In statement published on the website of Trains magazine, the Japanese company said it is still working to resolve engineering issues that caused the prototype car to fail the test.

The statement also said completion of the entire order is likely to be delayed.

“(We) have been diligently working with the customer and stakeholder to remedy the situation while ensuring that all the rigorous FRA safety standards and requirements are met in order to deliver a safe, high quality, 100-percent Buy America compliant car to the customer,” Nippon Sharyo said in the statement.

“Nippon Sharyo is committed to this project and to the growth and success of its manufacturing facility in Rochelle.

Although we are currently facing difficult times, and some temporary labor reductions, we are committed to investing in our workforce, getting production back on schedule, and being successful and prosperous in the near future.”


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