By Richard Wronski and Alejandra Cancino | Chicago Tribune | July 20, 2012
This tiny town west of DeKalb is nicknamed “the Hub” because it’s the center of a wheel with spokes made up of two interstates and two major U.S. railroads.
But it also became a hub of state, federal and international attention Thursday with the opening of Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing LLC’s $35 million passenger rail car plant.
For Illinois and Rochelle, the facility represents a multimillion-dollar investment — incentives to lure the Japanese manufacturer to build its first U.S. manufacturing plant amid the cornfields and create an anticipated 250 jobs.
For the Chicago area, the facility will produce a fleet of 160 “Highliner” rail cars for Metra Electric Line customers. The new cars will replace ones that date back decades, to the days of the old Illinois Central Railroad. Read More