A new Alstom train assembly factory is set to bring over 100 full-time manufacturing jobs to Brampton. The facility will be located at 7 Blair Drive, near West Drive and Glidden Road.
The deal, announced by the provincial government on April 10, is for 61 light rail vehicles for currently Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area projects, with an option to add 44 more vehicles for future projects or extensions. The deal is valued at $528 million.
When complete, the facility will have 100 to 120 permanent jobs, as well as creating between 400 to 500 spin-off jobs. According to Michelle McCann, senior communications officer, those spin-off jobs would include things such as supplier jobs.
Linda Jeffrey, mayor of Brampton, says “I’m delighted to be here to welcome Alstom and say ‘thank you’ for choosing Brampton for your new site. You’ll find that Brampton has an exceptionally skilled workforce and hearing this site will create up to 140 jobs and beyond with the spinoff is wonderful news.”
Recently, Metrolinx announced that the light rail vehicles running up and down Hurontario between Steeles and Port Credit would be built by international train supplier Alstom, instead of Canadian brand Bombardier.
Alstom is involved with a variety of transit projects in Canada. They are building new subway cars for the Montreal Metro, are supplying the automatic train control system for the TTC’s Line 1, and have built a similar assembly facility in Ottawa for electric LRVs for the new Confederation Line.