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The Steuben County IDA partnered with the
Hornell IDA to leverage resources through the
Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) to develop the
North American Rail Manufacturing Hub in the
Hornell community.
The Initiative will support the commercialization
of cutting edge global technology in high-speed rail
to make the Hornell community a globally recognized
leader in rail transit manufacturing.
The program calls for upgrades to the existing
infrastructure and development of a vendor/supply
chain training facility and certification program
designed to develop a world-class pool of competent
and successful vendors for the advanced rail
manufacturing industry with the capacity and
know-how to meet world-class standards in
advanced rail manufacturing.
A supply chain recruitment and development
program will also be developed to strengthen the
existing vendor pool and grow a supply chain for the
future. The program will create a vendor base that
is the most qualified and successful in the North
American rail manufacturing industry.
In addition, funding is being requested to support
the development of an Advanced Rail Center of
Excellence to train the workforce to meet the need
for highly qualified and skilled workers for the
advanced rail manufacturing industry. The center
will support both production workers as well as
engineers and technicians needed to deploy the
latest technology in the rail transit industry.
A focus will also be placed on increasing the
number of MWBE and Veteran-owned businesses
as vendors, via a significant investment in training,
technical assistance and on-going mentoring
to assure they are competent and remain
successful vendors.
The initiative will build off of the strength of
Alstom's recent $2.5 billion contract to build new high
speed trains to run on the Northeast corridor between
Boston and Washington D.C. This contract will lead to
the creation of 400 new jobs at the Hornell operation.