Chinese firm rolls out first Made-in-USA subway cars


The CRRC Corporation, one of China’s major rail companies, announced on Tuesday the completion of the first pair of new subway cars built in its US factory in western Massachusetts.

The CRRC said the vehicles would be delivered to the US state to replace cars that have been serving the Orange Line of Boston for decades, as “it lobbies the Trump administration for a break from the tariffs in the two countries’ ongoing trade war”, Boston Globe said.

“This is a good example of US-China, win-win cooperation, which will benefit everybody’s life,” Huang Ping, Chinese consul general in New York, said in “a not-so-subtle hint” about the trade tensions.

“As citizens of the two great nations, every one of us has a share of responsibility for maintaining this relationship on the right track. This year has witnessed some turbulences on our economic and trade ties,” he said at a ceremony held at the CRRC factory in Springfield to mark the completion.

The Chinese company said in a statement that overall, it is manufacturing 404 subway vehicles for the US state, including 152 for the Orange Line and 252 for the Red Line.

With Springfield City as its factory’s location, the CRRC MA, the corporation’s first North American office, has hired some 220 local residents, making the factory a major North American manufacturing hub to assemble and test all the cars the continent produces.

The company has also offered training classes for the local employees “on state-of-the-art tools and equipment necessary to build the next generation of new rail cars,” it said.

Moreover, companies from other nations investing in the US also participated in the production of the cars as part of its globalization strategy, the CRRC said.

CRRC MA’s President Jia Bo said, “We are proud to deliver on-time … CRRC’s first subway cars built in the United States by talented workers standing with us today.”

“Hundreds of jobs have been created, stimulating the local economy,” he said.

“Our achievements prove the existence of well-nourished partnerships born from mutual cooperation and respect. We look forward to building CRRC’s presence in the US using our journey here in Massachusetts as the footprint to success,” he said.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that Tuesday marks “another good historic day for our Springfield, bringing back manufacturing.”

Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts’s state secretary of transportation, also said at the ceremony that “today is a major milestone in that these two new rail cars … are the first to be produced in Massachusetts that will ultimately lead to an entire fleet replacement.”


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