The plant will carry out final assembly of DMUs ordered earlier this year by Fort Worth Transportation Authority for the Tex Rail commuter rail line from Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth Airport, which is due to open at the end of 2018.

Production at the plant could become permanent if Stadler is successful in winning more rolling stock orders in North America.

"We are delighted that Utah is able to provide such a great location for the final assembly of our trains for the Tex Rail order," says Stadler Rail CEO Mr Peter Spuhler. "Conditions here are ideal, and we are confident that this represents important progress in our US business. The two-phase plan enables us to manufacture trains for the Tex Rail order under optimum conditions and, based on orders received, to extend and further expand our activities in the USA."

GOED says Stadler will be eligable for a tax credit rebate and an Industrial Assistance Fund grant of up to $US 500,000 from the state government if its selects Utah as a permanent production base.