Plasser American has grown from a small operation with five employees in 1961 to now more than 300 employees and continuing to expand. In 2021, we celebrated our 60-year anniversary with the dedication of a brand new 45,000 square foot office building. Additionally, the entire assembly area including the warehouse will be expanded to 229,000 square feet. Output will be increased by more than 100% due to the new assembly production flow, the efficient design of the workspaces and additional employees.
During the mid-1960’s, our company was renamed Plasser American Corporation and in 1970, the plant was relocated to the East Coast in Chesapeake, Virginia. Due to its location in a milder climate, it became possible to test machines year-round. Chesapeake is also very close to the Atlantic seaport of Hampton Roads.
In 1961, Plasser Railway Maintenance Corporation was founded in Rockford, Illinois, to support machines that were being delivered in the mid-west and western U.S. In Rockford, production was carried out for the national market and for export overseas to countries such as Turkey and Pakistan.