Although Siemens has recently laid off thousands of workers, that’s not an indication that wind power is not good and viable. Siemens is the largest producer of wind turbine gear drives in the United States, employing approximately 7,000 people at 40 locations throughout Illinois. Siemens’ currently runs an Elgin Illinois plant employing 150 people.
Siemens Energy & Automation has announced that it will develop a second plant in Elgin, Illinois for the manufacturing of mechanical drives for the wind turbine industry. Siemens invested $20 million in this plant creating approximately 300 new production jobs and 55 new office jobs. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June, 2008 and the plant is planned to be completed in the spring of 2009.
Commenting on the announcement, Anne Cooney of Siemens said that the, “new facility will enable Siemens to increase production of our mechanical drives to help our customers meet the growing demand for sustainable energy resources.”
Our congratulations to Siemens on their project and thank you for investing in US manufacturing!
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