State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, will lead representatives from Spanish train manufacturer Talgo on a Racine-area tour of potential sites for its new Wisconsin train car assembly facility on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Gov. Doyle announced in July that the State of Wisconsin had entered into a partnership with Talgo to build and put into service two14-car trains for use on the Milwaukee-Chicago Hiawatha run. The $47 million contract calls for the establishment of maintenance and assembly facilities in Wisconsin.
As soon as the agreement was announced, Mason invited Talgo to tour Racine and initiated conversations with Racine Mayor John Dickert, other local elected officials, and Racine County economic development professionals to identify potential assembly facilities that would meet the company’s needs.
Rep. Mason, a commissioner on the Racine Redevelopment Authority, noted, “The Talgo partnership with the state creates an important opportunity to bring jobs to Racine. It will also bring us closer to the development of high speed rail, plugging Racine into the region and serving as a key component of our community’s economic development and growth.”
Rep. Mason continued, “Though numerous southeastern Wisconsin communities are competing to be the site of Talgo’s assembly facility, I fully believe that Racine has the complete package Talgo is seeking to jumpstart its Wisconsin operations. In addition to attractive, available manufacturing sites on rail spurs and local businesses with extensive train experience, we’ve also got workers trained for the kind of 21st Century jobs Talgo aims to create. I am optimistic that we will be able to show Talgo firsthand the numerous benefits of selecting Racine for its new assembly facility,” he said.