Plasser American Corporation expanding facilities in Chesapeake, Va.

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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The expansion is the commitment to the Chesapeake, VA site and products “Made in USA.”
Plasser American

A new era has begun with the signing of the contract to increase manufacturing capacities at Plasser American on August 28, 2020. The expansion is their commitment to the Chesapeake, VA site and products “Made in USA”. As a big family and part of the railroad system that show Plasser American’s longstanding regional footprint.

Office building rendering

Project

Besides a new office building, the entire assembly area including the warehouse will be expanded to 229,000 square foot. Output will be increased by more than 100 % due to the new assembly production flow, the efficient design of the workspaces and additional employees.

The three main steps are:

  1. New Office building by 2021
  2. Expansion of the assembly area and the warehouse by 2022
  3. Campus enhancements by 2023

The estimated investment will be 52.6 million US dollars.

Manufacturing building rendering

Regional footprint

The expansion will provide approximately 98 new jobs for the area. All construction work will be carried out by local companies.

Thomas Blechinger, President of Plasser American, says, “This historical project is our proof of trust in the North American railroad system and confidence in the U.S. economy. I am proud of our company’s development in the United States over the last six decades and here in Chesapeake for already 50 years. This milestone is our chance to show our commitment to the region and to support local talents, employees and suppliers.”


Mark Olmstead; Senior Vice President, MEB General Contractors
Thomas Blechinger; President, Plasser American.

Signing of the contract to increase manufacturing capacities at Plasser American on August 28, 2020
L to R: Ross Chernitzer; Assistant Treasurer, Plasser American
Lloyd Jackson; Senior Business Development Manager, City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Robin Laskowski; Vice President Finance & Administration, Plasser American
Mark Olmstead; Senior Vice President, MEB General Contractors
Thomas Blechinger; President, Plasser American
Steven Wright; Director; City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Ben White; Assistant Director, City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Eric Keplinger; Vice President, Business Development, MEB General Contractors
Joe Stark; Vice President Operations & Maintenance, Plasser American.

About Plasser American

Plasser American’s mission is to support the Railroad industry by providing cutting-edge machines, technologies and services for their customer’s individual needs. They are engaged in all areas of research, design, manufacturing and services providing this know- how to their North American customers. The quality standards combine efficiency with cost- effectiveness. They pride themselves in being much more to their customers than just the manufacturer of the highest quality machines for track technology. Plasser American has grown from a small operation with five employees in 1961 to now more than 300 employees.

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