Rochellefs proximity to both the Union Pacific and Burlington
Northern Santa Fe Railways classifies it as a gHub Cityh location. This, along
with a friendly community environment, makes Rochelle the ideal setting for our
manufacturing facility. Strategically located just 75 miles west of Chicago,
this facility offers greater flexibility for production planning and delivery
schedules. Situated at the intersection of two major interstates (I-88 and
I-39), our location allows for quick in-and-out material shipments and easy
access by visitors.
In Shop 3, which opened in July of 2014, US-made steel is fabricated, welded, and assembled to create parts for car body shells. This process allows Nippon Sharyo USA, Inc. to be a 100% Buy America-compliant railcar builder.
In Shop 1, car shells are assembled. This is done by creating underframes, side frames, and roofs, and then putting them together to form the finished car shell. The shells are easily transported via an air lifter to the next shop.
In Shop 2, cars are finished and inspected. Final assembly includes outfitting of the roof equipment, underfloor equipment, and other car parts. This is followed by the installation of interior components, weighting, water tightness testing, and final inspections.
Finally, each car is run on our test track. Running parallel with our
plant, 3,500 feet of test and storage track was installed to ensure high quality
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