Business & Real Estate

Siemens adding rail services center in McClellan Park

Siemens on Monday announced that it is expanding its Sacramento footprint with a 60,000-square-foot plant dedicated to its growing rail service, maintenance and repair operations.

The new site in an existing building in McClellan Park will be Siemens Mobility Customer Services’ U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub. It will house the company’s rail refurbishment operations, axle/wheel systems service center, accident repair, spare parts delivery and administrative offices.

Siemens spokeswoman Annie Satow said more than 30 people will work at the facility within the sprawling business park. Satow said the company is in the process of moving in, and the site is scheduled to be fully operational later this month.

The company said one of the first projects at the new facility will be a $21 million contract to modernize 32 light-rail vehicles for Calgary Transit in Alberta, Canada.

The company said the new rail service facility will complement Siemens’ existing rail manufacturing operations in south Sacramento. The manufacturing plant on French Road has been in operation for nearly 30 years and employs more than 800 people.

Siemens recently completed a 125,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate growing production demands at the south Sacramento site.

“This expansion signals our dedication to servicing and modernizing rail systems across North America while continuing to deliver industry-leading manufacturing expertise, ensuring that our customers can continue to make the most of their rail systems,” Chris Maynard, head of customer service for Siemens Mobility, said in a statement.

The McClellan Park building being occupied by Siemens was built in 1986 as an Air Force foundry and materials production support building on what was then McClellan Air Force Base. Between 2001 and 2014, the building was leased to Technikon, an energy and environmental consultancy specializing in renewable energy technology validation and testing.

“We worked aggressively to assure that the facilities at McClellan Park could be redesigned and built to accommodate Siemens specialized requirements,” said Ken Giannotti, senior vice president of McClellan Business Park LLC.

Siemens said the Calgary Transit refurbishment project includes upgrading passenger information systems, improved wheel-set systems, updated flooring/seating and modernizations to the operators’ cab interior and dash. Siemens said the refurbishments will add approximately 15 years of additional useful life to the vehicles.

Refurbished light-rail vehicles operate on Sacramento Regional Transit’s Blue Line extension to Cosumnes River College. That 4.3-mile extension opened in August.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover