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The robust transportation equipment industry is growing in New York State

New York State keeps America moving as the largest producer of equipment for the transit industry. All across the state, manufacturers of parts and supplies for the auto, rail, maritime and aerospace industries have found a growth-fostering business climate. New York is also a hub of innovation for unmanned aerial system development and drone testing. With its talented workforce and focus on innovation, New York State is home to the best of today’s — and tomorrow’s — transportation industry.


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Key facts

The transportation equipment industry will find exceptional resources and a solid core of experience in the Empire State. Here’s how New York supports a wide range of successful manufacturers:

  • World-leading transportation equipment companies such as Alstom, BorgWarner, CAF, Cummins, Delphi, Ford, General Motors and Kawasaki have major operations in New York State. 
  • Specialties include manufacturing parts and supplies for the auto, rail, aerospace and maritime industries; producing high-efficiency engines; assembling bus frames, rail cars, airplanes and boats; providing operational support for transit as well as maintenance and repair; and innovating aerospace technology, including unmanned aerial vehicles and the research and testing of drones.
  • New York–based Cummins Inc. is producing its game-changing X15 heavy duty engine that will offer lower emissions and maintenance while providing higher efficiencies.
  • New York is also home to manufacturing facilities of industry-leading suppliers of high value–added components for automobiles and light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks.
  • Transportation equipment and materials is the priority industry cluster of the North Country region. To support this important industry, CITEC Inc., the region’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, has a highly skilled team of experts that provide tailored solutions to help businesses plan, execute, profit and grow.
  • The Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AM&T) is the Southern Tier’s regional MEP center helping manufacturers stay competitive in this area’s priority industry cluster: advanced transportation products, components and system controls.
  • Insyte Consulting is the regional MEP center for Western New York, supporting companies large and small in materials and machinery. With a dedicated staff and decades of experience, they provide customized solutions for the region’s priority industry cluster.
  • Vapor Stone Rail, a division of Wabtec Corporation, will create more than 50 new jobs at its Plattsburgh facility building on the State’s historic investment to the North Country transportation facility.

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New York State has the resources to get businesses going and growing

The Empire State offers abundant resources to attract transportation equipment manufacturers and suppliers. For starters, there’s the sheer size of the state’s public transportation market. ESD regional offices are experts in finding the local opportunities available that can be key to success. The Strategic Business Division — as well as the Division of Small Business and the International Division — can also assist with loans, grants and strategically targeted approaches. Other advantages include the fact that qualified manufacturers pay no state corporate income tax, and New York has no personal property tax.

In addition to helpful programs, New York State offers many natural advantages, like easy access to midwestern headquarters and assembly facilities, plus the infrastructure to take your reach global. We’ve also got the people to make it all work with our strong, highly trained and stable labor force.

Industry Contact

Mike Morse
Vice President, Industry Development; Transportation, Materials Processing & Industrial Machinery and Systems