Milwaukee to get not one, but two factories from Spanish manufacturers

This seems like the first time in years I’ve heard of industry coming to Milwaukee instead of leaving it. It’s fantastic news, and much the turnaround I like to see.

First was Mayor Barrett’s announcement that the Spanish firm Ingeteam will be building a wind turbine factory in the Menomonee Valley, bringing hundreds of mid- and upper-level jobs to the city. This means new life will be brought to the very heart of our bivalve city.

Now we have news that another Spanish company, Talgo will build its new U.S. rail car manufacturing assembly facility at the former Tower Automotive site. That site on Milwaukee’s north side has been empty for years, and recently has been the focus of redevelopment efforts by the city, as noted on this blog and in Tom Daykin’s great column.

WUWM also has a short story on this. Apparently a train produced here in Milwaukee will be headed west to the state of Oregon. Also, according to Tom Daykin, the state has a contract with Talgo “to build two 14-car trains for use on Amtrak’s Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line. That contract includes an option to buy two more trains for a planned extension of that route from Milwaukee to Madison.” It’s good to see something we’re building here will be used here.

Curious too that both of these companies make things considered “good” for the environment: wind turbines for wind power, and trains, for mass transit. And they’ll both be coming from Milwaukee. That’s the really fantastic part to me.

Industry, please keep on coming back to Milwaukee. We need you!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.