MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Jim Doyle says 125 jobs will be created when a factory opens to build the trains for Wisconsin’s new high-speed passenger rail lines. Doyle made the announcement at the former Tower Automotive plant in Milwaukee, which is being refurbished so Talgo of Spain can build the trains there. Doyle said last spring that about 80 employees would be used in building 2 new trains for the current Milwaukee to Chicago line, and 2 more for the new Milwaukee to Madison line that recently got federal stimulus money.
Since then, the state of Oregon said it would be new trains made at the Talgo plant. And there’s a chance that more states could do the same – thus creating even more jobs. Doyle says about 60 people will be needed to make the trains, and 65 others will do maintenance work. He also said about 450 jobs would be created at plants that will supply the equipment and materials at Talgo’s new plant. It will take up just over a-third of Tower’s main building – which Milwaukee’s Redevelopment Authority bought last December. The authority will refurbish the building.