Amtrak Says Acela Project Boosts Economy

In a ceremony in the Chicago area, Amtrak claimed that its partnership with Alstom to build train sets for Acela Express service in the Northeast Corridor is helping boost the nation’s economy.

Company officials made those comments at the event held at LB Steel LLC in Harvey, Illinois.

Executives of Amtrak and Alstom thanked the workers at the plant for their role in building the wheel assemblies and other components used in the Acela equipment.

Alstom is building 28 Acela train sets at its assembly plant in Hornell, New York.

Component parts are shipped to Hornell from almost 250 suppliers in 27 states.

About 95 percent of the components used to assemble the Acela train sets are created in the United States.

Amtrak officials said more than 1,300 new jobs will be generated in nearly 90 communities. Other suppliers of components for the new Acela train sets include ABB Power Transformers of Virginia; Bode Doors, South Carolina; Centum Adetel Transportation Solution, Wisconsin; Eaton, Michigan; Wabtec Faiveley Doors, New York; Gessman, Connecticut; Hoppecke, New Jersey; Kelox IRT USA, Pennsylvania; Knorr Brake, Maryland; Merrill Technologies, Michigan; Seisenbacher Rail Interiors Inc., New York; Thermo King, Nebraska; Transitair Systems, New York; UTC, Pennsylvania; Voith Couplers, Pennsylvania; and Wabtec Corp., South Carolina and Maryland.

The new equipment is expected to enter revenue service in 2021.

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