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Quinn in Rochelle for Nippon Sharyo contract

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A large contract we first told you about back in September is officially celebrated by Rochelle's Nippon Sharyo.

Passenger rail cars made there will soon be coasting all the way to the West Coast.

A good word to use is more.  More people are traveling by railway.  More passenger rail cars are needed.

Now more money is being offered to the Rochelle train car makers to meet the demand.

"More cars means more jobs, so we are really excited about that," said Jason Anderson.

130.  That's the number of Rochelle made rail cars to be shipped out across the country.

The theme for the day is "growth".

The $352 million contract will act as stimulus; boosting economic development, job creation and opportunity for expansion.

"What you, I think saw today is just the beginning of what are going to be many, many good things to come for many years to come when it comes to the manufacturing base expanding here in the Rockford region," said Jason Anderson, City of Rochelle Economic Development Director.

About growth,  according to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a household name in rail travel AmTrak is seeing more riders.

"Right now in our state, AmTrak has had a 75% increase in passenger ridership," said Quinn.

88 Rochelle made rail cars will operate from AmTrak's Chicago hub.  AmTrak Board Chairman Tom Carper says they badly need the cars.

"Equipment has always been a need.  We're running equipment with quite a lot of age on it so it's exciting to see the new equipment is on it's way.  It's good for us, good for our passengers and good for our customers," said Tom Carper, AmTrak Board President.

"We are going to be building our passenger rail here in Illinois, across the Midwest and across America," said Quinn.

Last year AmTrak saw a more than a 2.1 million passenger rise.

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