On July 19, 2012, Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing LLC opened its railcar production there, with plenty of traditional Japanese ceremony, a host of government speeches and about 500 people in attendance. Nippon Sharyo Ltd., the parent company based in Japan, has been manufacturing rail vehicles for more than 100 years and is well-known for its Shinkansen bullet train.
Nippon Sharyo is investing more than $50 million and creating 300 jobs to help increase its competitiveness by moving closer to its customers and suppliers. The new 465,000 square foot manufacturing facility will enable the company to meet the Federal Railroad Administration’s “Made in America” requirements. The facility’s centralized Illinois location will also help decrease total production costs by reducing transportation costs.