USA: Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator Karen Hedlund joined state Governor Pat Quinn at the opening of Nippon Sharyo USA's passenger rolling stock manufacturing plant in Rochelle, Illinois, on July 19.

The $50m plant has been established by the US subsidiary of Japanese firm Nippon Sharyo to meet the Buy America requirements of federally-funded projects. It is expected to employ 250 people by the end of 2013, with the capacity to produce 120 vehicles/year.

Its initial projects will be to assemble and fit out vehicles for commuter services in Illinois, California, Virginia and Ontario in Canada.