Nippon Sharyo: Made in the USA
Spotted this placard in the Metra car, as I was riding home. The Japanese-sounding name seemed a little out of place on a railcar, so it caught my attention.
On doing some research, I learned that Nippon Sharyon USA belongs to Nippon Sharyo Ltd. Not only that, the parent company has been making railroad vehicles for over 100 years.
Interesting side note: in 2010, when bond funds became available, Metra placed an order for 160 new Highliner cars. As a part of this order, Nippon Sharyon USA ended up establishing a new railcar factory in Rochelle, Illinois.
So – made in America, after all.