Alstom: More hiring on the way in Hornell plant

Christine Loman
The first of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line vehicles arrives at Alstom's Hornell facility in early October.

Alstom will create as many as 100 more jobs at its Hornell facility over the next three years, the company announced Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The newest report from the company comes after positive hiring news from Alstom's head of Hornell operations, Mark Darrow, in August. Darrow told The Tribune then that employment at Alstom's Hornell operations was expected to rise to 250 in six months, approximately by February 2013.

Wednesday, Adam Pratt, a U.S. media relations manager at Alstom, said the forecasted 100 jobs over the next three years are in addition to previous employment numbers released.

Alstom's rolling stock manufacturing facility in Hornell is the largest of its kind in the United States, a release said. The facility includes an engineering department, car assembly, propulsion and bogie plants and a maintenance division.

Alstom is scheduled to begin work immediately on two contracts awarded this summer with Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the release said. The contracts have an approximate combined worth of $218.7 million.

The company is also continuing to work on its contract with the Port Authority Transit Corporation to overhaul 120 passenger cars. That $194 million contract was awarded in July 2011.

"We're going to bring people on based on where we are in the course of all three projects and the level of activity going on at each project at a given time," Pratt said.

Green Line cars for the first MBTA project, a modernization of 86 articulated light-rail vehicles, began arriving in Hornell in early October. The $104 million contract was awarded in June 2012.

The cars will feature new interior surfaces and new propulsion and climate control systems, the release said.

The first modernized cars from the Green Line contract are slated for delivery in late 2013.

The MBTA awarded a second contract, worth $114.7 million, to refit 74 bi-level commuter rail cars to Alstom in July 2012.

The first part of the contract, 10 pilot bi-level cars, are slated to arrive in Hornell in late 2012. Production will reach a maximum of four cars per month, with the first modernized cars scheduled to return to Boston in late 2013, the release said.