GE Transportation has announced that it is moving its global headquarters to Chicago.

The move will be ‘effective in the coming months’ once the location for office space has been finalized, GE Transportation said.

Erie, Pennsylvania will remain the headquarters for GE Transportation’s locomotive business and key manufacturing and engineering site.

Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation said:

“We have transformed GE Transportation from a North American rail company to a truly global transportation business. Chicago allows us to more efficiently reach and serve customers around the world in the rail, mining and marine industries.”

GE Transportation will relocate about 50 people from Erie to Chicago by 2014.

The company anticipates having a headquarters staff of approximately 150 in Chicago by 2014 as the business continues to grow.