Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday announced $30 million in state funding to support the expansion of Alstom Transportation, Inc., which will add nearly 200 new jobs in Hornell, Steuben County. The project is motivated by Alstom's successful bid to provide Next Generation High-Speed Trains for Amtrak. The expansion will retain more than 1,000 existing positions in Hornell and at Alstom’s operations in West Henrietta. New York State’s support for the project was an important factor in Alstom’s efforts to secure the agreement with Amtrak for the $2.5 billion Next Generation High-Speed Trains program.
"This major expansion of Alstom's world-class manufacturing operations will not only create hundreds of new jobs, but also help drive the economic resurgence of the Southern Tier for years to come," Governor Cuomo said. "Investing in key industries across the state creates jobs and strengthens the economy in every region, and advanced manufacturing is the foundation of long-term, sustainable economic growth."
Alstom, which employs more than 1,000 people in Upstate New York, is a global leader in integrated railway systems and its rolling stock facility in Hornell has been manufacturing and servicing trains for nearly 150 years. The $66.8 million expansion project entails the renovation of existing space at their Hornell facility, which is already one of the is the largest passenger rail manufacturing facilities in North America, adding 60,000 square feet of new production and engineering space and 10,000 feet of new track, including 4,000 feet of test track.
Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan said, "The City of Hornell and its residents have greatly benefited from the transportation industry for more than a century, and we’ve had an excellent partnership with Alstom for the past two decades. We’re very much looking forward to the expanded operations, and new jobs and economic opportunities that it will create. On behalf of the City and her residents – thank you, Governor Cuomo, Alstom and Amtrak for making this possible in our community."