Nippon Sharyo



Rail car maker Nippon Sharyo's Rochelle plant is no longer part of a contract to build more than a hundred passenger rail cars for Illinois and California.  



Nippon Sharyo will cut more than 100 jobs at its Rochelle factory, according to a news release from the company.

“We continue to confront technical complications and delays with the bi-level rail car project that have forced us to evaluate the volume of work and the needs at our Rochelle facility," the release stated. "As a result, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce at the plant by approximately 110 people.  This reduction will come from all areas of the company -- both hourly and salary employees will be impacted by this announcement. 


Nippon Sharyo will lay off 100 employees from its factory in Rochelle.  The rail car manufacturer based its decision on a complication with one of its prototype cars, along with other business considerations. 

Nippon Sharyo says its factory will continue operations so it can meet deadlines for current projects.  The company has operated in Rochelle since 2012.  


Nippon Sharyo’s production milestone comes as several labor groups question safety standards at the Rochelle facility.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A railcar factory in Rochelle hit a major milestone Tuesday -- it completed its one-thousandth passenger rail car since opening in 2012.