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Talgo to outfit LA train cars in Milwaukee

Project slated for Century City industrial park
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Posted at 12:15 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 13:37:56-04

There's some good news to report on the Milwaukee job front.

Train company Talgo has received a $73 million contract from the City of Los Angeles to overhaul train cars for that city's public transit system. The work will be carried out at Milwaukee's Century City industrial park.

Mayor Tom Barrett made the announcement during his 2017 budget proposal Monday.

"I think it's an affirmation of manufacturing in the city of Milwaukee, it's an affirmation of the Century City site," Barrett said. 
 
In a news release, Alderman Khalif Rainey calling it "exciting news" for his district, because it will lead to new jobs in the area.

"For too long, the site has been a sad reminder of jobs that left town and lives that were shattered by the departure of A.O. Smith and Tower Automotive. But with extensive work, environmental remediation and a $35 million investment by the city, the 84-acre site has been redeveloped as an attractive business park that could someday feature up to 900 jobs," Rainey said in the news release.

Talgo left the city around six years ago after Gov. Scott Walker dropped plans for a high speed rail system between Madison and Milwaukee.