Stadler has made long-term plans for St. Margrethen and will be generating two generations’ worth of economic momentum for the whole region. Between the end of 2019 and the spring of 2020, a major share of Stadler Rail’s current production will be transferred from nearby Altenrhein (SG) to the new manufacturing plant in St. Margrethen. With approximately 900 employees, the site is slated to become the Group’s competence centre for KISS double-decker multiple-unit trains. Stadler Rail will also build tramways and other railway vehicles for the Swiss and international markets in St. Margrethen. In addition, an engineering department with approximately 250 highly qualified employees will provide services for the entire Stadler Group.
Commitment to the Swiss workplace
Stadler’s choice of St. Margrethen is seen as a clear commitment to the Swiss workplace. During the evaluation phase, the municipality in Eastern Switzerland distinguished itself from lower-cost locations in Eastern Europe. Stadler’s Board of Directors chose St. Margrethen because substantial efficiency gains at the new plant will enhance Stadler Rail’s competitiveness in international markets in the long run, while maintaining production costs on a level similar to that of Altenrhein. Other advantages of St. Margrethen include the fact that the “Altfeld” site already has a rail connection, and the new Stadler plant, which is situated directly behind St. Margrethen railway station, will therefore offer quick and easy connections to the public and private transport system.
Five questions for Reto Friedauer,
Mayor of St. Margrethen
What does Stadler’s arrival mean for St. Margrethen?
Stadler’s arrival will lead to a high-quality, forward-looking redevelopment of the “Altfeld” site in close proximity to the railway station. We are expecting a major boost to our communal development.
What has your experience been of the collaboration with HIAG?
We have been working with HIAG for more than 10 years. I consider this cooperation to be solution-oriented and based on a spirit of partnership. We have overcome difficult situations, resolved complex development tasks, experienced professionally and legally challenging appeal procedures and coped with setbacks. In the end, by joining forces, we have managed to develop a high-quality use for the exceptionally located “ Altfeld” site.
How will the arrival of Stadler affect St. Margrethen?
Stadler’s move to St. Margrethen will lead to a high-quality, forward-looking redevelopment of the “Altfeld” site adjacent to the railway station, and is already a driving force for development of the area. In addition, our relationship with Stadler opens up new perspectives for the neighbourhood and will bring new life to the municipality. Thanks to this transfer, St. Margrethen will benefit from approximately 900 new, high-quality jobs. I expect a positive impact on local businesses and tax revenue in St. Margrethen.
What has St. Margrethen contributed in support of the arrival?
The municipality of St. Margrethen has invested considerable human and financial resources into successful site redevelopment, first with the “europuls” quarter project, which could not be implemented, and now with the arrival of Stadler. We conducted two rezoning and special land use planning procedures, as well as complex appeal procedures. We also delivered major advance services to expand upstream supply and connection infrastructure. Finally, in 2019/20, we will be building a pedestrian and cycle bridge from the railway station to the “Altfeld” site. As a new, barrier-free, non-motorised transport connection, it will offer a convenient access route over the rail line to the Stadler plant for 300 to 400 people per day. HIAG is supporting this bridge with a significant investment contribution.
What potential do you see for St. Margrethen’s longterm development?
St. Margrethen has good prospects for the future. We are part of the high-performing and export-driven economic catchment area and habitat of the Rhine valley. The arrival of Stadler will further enhance St. Margrethen’s profile as an attractive place to live and work in an urban agglomeration.