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UPDATE: Talgo announces Wis. city where its new high-speed trains will be built

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle along with the President of Talgo and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced Tuesday that Talgo will open a production plant for its high-speed passenger rail in Milwaukee.

Doyle says Talgo's decision to open a plant on the former Tower Automotive site will bring 125 jobs to the state and almost 450 ancillary jobs through vendors in the Midwest.

"I'm proud Talgo will locate its U.S. rail car assembly facility at the former Tower Automotive site in Milwaukee," said Governor Doyle, "Through the Recovery Act and this facility, Wisconsin will see real economic benefits of high speed rail for generations to come. High speed rail is the future of transportation – and it is a really great thing for the state of Wisconsin to be leading the way."

Talgo CEO and President Antonio Perez was at the press conference.  He said selected Milwaukee "after careful consideration of the sites presented to us in a quite open process."

Perez says determining the site of the plant came down to the following criteria: economic conditions, technical/operational conditions, logistics, cost of living, training facilities in the vicinity and availability of a skilled workforce.

"We believe that the Tower site will allow us not only to deliver the train sets on time and with our high standards of quality," said Perez, "but it will also allow for future growth. We appreciate the effort put forth by all the other communities that expressed interest."

 "Once again, we have demonstrated that by working together, by using every appropriate economic development tool, and by selling Milwaukee's strengths we can attract jobs to our community," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "I am confident our partnership with Talgo will produce benefits throughout the region."

Governor Doyle announced in July the state's agreement with Talgo to purchase two trains for its Hiawatha line.  Not only will Wisconsin's trains be built in Milwaukee, the Talgo rail car assembly plant will support the delivery of Talgo trains throughout the country and create hundreds of jobs through its supply chain vendors in the Midwest and U.S.  Last week, the state of Oregon announced it has purchased two Talgo train that will be assembled in Wisconsin, saving both states millions of dollars.

Wisconsin will receive $823 million in stimulus funds to build high-speed rail service.  Governor Doyle says $810 million will build high-speed passenger rail service between Milwaukee and Madison, $12 million will improve service between Chicago and Milwaukee, and $1 million will be used to make final determinations on a route between Wisconsin and the Twin Cities.

The project is estimated to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin in fields like construction, engineering, design and supply.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The Spanish train company, Talgo, has chosen Milwaukee to build its new high-speed trains.

The assembly plant will be built on the site of the former Tower Automotive plant on 27th and Townsend.

The plant is expected to create 75 to 80 jobs.

Last year, the state agreed to buy two high speed trains from Talgo.

Part of the deal included the company building the passenger cars in Wisconsin.

Janesville was among the Wisconsin cities considered for the plant.

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