Building A Better Standard
Kawasaki Rail Car has a reputation for delivering superior
products, reliability and cost effectively. We live up to
that reputation every day - since we built our first locomotive
in Japan in 1912, and now with the industry's finest high-speed
trains widely used across the globe and advanced bi-level
commuter cars and subway trains popular throughout the U.S.
For several decades, Kawasaki Rail Car has operated
its U.S. corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility
in Yonkers, NY. It's where our U.S. rail transit business
began, with the inaugural order of 95 subway cars for the
Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) system between New York
and New Jersey.
The Yonkers plant is equipped for complete fabrication,
assembly, rehabilitation and function testing of all types
of passenger rail cars. In 2001, we were proud to expand our
U.S. operations with a state-of-the-art rail car shell manufacturing
facility in Lincoln, Nebraska- the first in the U.S. capable
of building different types of rail cars.
Expansion to Lincoln allows us to increase our
production and respond immediately to customer needs. Our
partners benefit from production flexibility and shorter lead
With U.S. capabilities beyond any other manufacturer,
Kawasaki Rail Car is uniquely poised to design. Build and
deliver 100% American-made rail cars to this country's emerging
mass transportation market now and well into the future.
"Kawasaki Rail Car was the first American rail
car manufacturer to achieve the International Standard Organization
"In Lincoln, rail car assembly starts on a fabrication
line that can expand to build any size car. The process begins
with floor assemblies receiving mig, tig, stick, and resistance
welds in a tolerance-critical fixture designed to exacting
"Kawasaki engineering gets results: our cars
have proven to have the industry's best MTBF standards, resulting
in lower maintenance requirements and decreased downtime for
"Kawasaki teams follow the Kawasaki Production
System (KPS), a flexible technique that uses efficient workflow
and worker involvement to produce the highest quality product.
Other manufacturers regularly visit the facility to learn
more about our proven method."