YONKERS, N.Y., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. (Kawasaki) today joined with State officials, elected representatives, and transportation leaders to celebrate 25 years of manufacturing high-quality rail cars in Yonkers. During the past quarter-century Kawasaki has sustained hundreds of jobs, while producing more than 2500 rail cars at its plant, which sits in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, only twenty minutes away from Grand Central Station.
Behind the brick walls of the historic building, Kawasaki Rail Car has made trains and component parts for a variety of transit systems; including MTA New York City Transit, MTA Long Island Rail Road, MTA Metro-North Railroad, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Connecticut DOT, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, and as far away as Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City.
In the 1980's Kawasaki Rail Car worked with then-Governor Mario Cuomo to bring hundreds of jobs to New York State by establishing its base of operations in Yonkers. This was at a time when manufacturing jobs were on the decline and other large companies were shuttering their doors.
In the years since moving to Yonkers, Kawasaki Rail Car has sustained hundreds of jobs at its facility and has contributed to the local and statewide tax base, in addition to having a front-row seat to the revitalization of Downtown Yonkers.
The economic implications emanating from Kawasaki's Yonkers facility are not only felt locally, but depending on the size of the project, Kawasaki has used on average an upwards of 100 New York-based sub-contractors and suppliers, creating an economic ripple effect throughout the State.
In the 80's Kawasaki was a pioneer in building stainless steel subway trains which helped contribute to the battle against graffiti on the New York City subways, and also worked to develop cutting edge technology, including trains that can draw power from both overhead and third-rail based power sources.
Kawasaki is currently working on the next generation of the 7 line subway cars that will be supplied to New York City Transit.
Contact: Mike Loughran – 212-981-5258 – office, 718-916-8637 – cell [email protected]
SOURCE Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.