Rail equipment manufacturer to expand in Salem
Wabtec will spend $2.7M, add 38 jobs
Wabtec Corp. is investing $2.7 million to expand its existing facility in Salem, adding 38 jobs, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Wabtec provides equipment, systems, digital solutions and other services for freight and transit rail globally. The expansion will accommodate the relocation of its pneumatically controlled braking systems manufacturing lines within its Graham-White manufacturing facility in Salem.
Virginia competed with Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Mexico for the project.
“Wabtec Corp.’s expansion of its Salem facility fuels the resurgence of high-quality manufacturing jobs in Virginia, and we thank the company for its long-term commitment to the commonwealth as a valued employer,” Youngkin said in a statement. “The Roanoke region offers the skilled workforce and custom solutions to support Wabtec’s continued growth, and we are confident they will thrive for the next 100 years in Virginia.”
Wabtec’s Salem facility employs more than 200 people in Salem and manufactures air dryers, valves, gages/flowmeters and braking equipment for the rail freight, rail transit, truck and bus industries.
“As a leading global provider of transportation solutions, we are proud of our long history of manufacturing excellence in Salem and delighted to be expanding our operations there,” said Mike Fetsko, president of Wabtec’s freight and industrial components business, in a statement. “Wabtec’s collaborative relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the business-friendly approach from state and local agencies, provided us with the confidence to make this significant investment. With new products and additional high-quality manufacturing jobs, our expansion in Salem represents our continued commitment to the community and its key role in supporting Wabtec’s future growth.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Salem and the Roanoke Regional Partnership to secure the project for Virginia and will support job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consulting services and funding to companies creating jobs to support employee recruitment and training activities. Salem, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, the Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board and Center for Manufacturing Excellence in Southwest Virginia will provide custom programs to support the company’s expansion, including talent recruitment, marketing assistance and workforce training.