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Spanish train car assembly plant could locate in Rock County

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July 28, 2009
— Rock County's Economic Development Director, James Otterstein, thinks Janesville is the ideal place for a Spanish train maker to locate an assembly facility.

Governor Jim Doyle announced July 17th the state signed a $47 million deal with Talgo to build two 14-car high speed passenger trains in the state. Several areas in the state are vying for that facility.


Otterstein says there are existing, vacant buildings in Janesville that would be perfect for this type of operation. While Otterstein isn't sure about the final decision, he thinks Rock County is on Talgo's "short list."


The plan is to ship train car parts to Wisconsin where they would be assembled and the interiors completed. A minimum of 55 jobs would be created.



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