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Siemens Sacramento plant gets light-rail order from Seattle

Hieu Ly, an electrical assembler for Siemens, wires a light rail vehicle at the company’s south Sacramento plant in October 2015.
Hieu Ly, an electrical assembler for Siemens, wires a light rail vehicle at the company’s south Sacramento plant in October 2015. Sacramento Bee file

Siemens Corp.’s Sacramento light-rail plant announced an order Thursday to build 122 rail cars for Seattle’s mass transit system.

The contract is worth $554 million, according to Sound Transit. The transit system, which serves Seattle and Puget Sound, finalized the order last week.

Siemens spokeswoman Annie Satow said it’s too early to say whether the contract will create more jobs in Sacramento.

The south Sacramento factory, owned by German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG, employs about 1,000 workers, up from about 800 workers a year ago.

The first cars are expected to be delivered in 2019.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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