“Through public input and thoughtful evaluation of the region’s assets during the council’s planning process, the transportation equipment industry was identified as a key area to build regional strategies to support manufacturers to compete in the global marketplace,” he said. “Our transit-equipment manufacturers and talented workforce in this sector are well-positioned to demonstrate their preeminence and take full advantage of the global trends in transportation.”
Bombardier has landed two major orders this year. The first was for 300 subway cars for New York City Transit and the second for as many as 775 metro cars for Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco. If all options are picked up, the orders would be worth $599 million and up to $1.5 billion, respectively.
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas, the other council co-chair, said the announcement is an exciting commitment for the future of the North Country economy.
“This will truly solidify our role as one of North America’s top centers for the production of 21st-century transportation equipment,” he said in the release. “We thank Bombardier for its continued confidence in our region, and we thank Gov. Cuomo for his direct support, including the creation of the Regional Council system which has allowed the North Country to identify priorities such as this for state investment.”
Bombardier Transportation Plattsburgh plant General Manager Alan Aumais thanked the council for its support.
“This step forward in the future of the Plattsburgh site gives Bombardier the added manufacturing capacity to meet the challenges of upcoming projects and deliver on our commitments to our customers,” he said.
‘A GREAT PRODUCT’
State Sen. Betty Little said she is pleased the state and council are helping Bombardier expand.
“They produce a great product and have secured numerous contracts to build Bombardier cars, keeping those high-quality jobs in the Plattsburgh area,” she said.