Chinese wind turbine manufacturer to open plant in Thorold, Ont.
June 29, 2012 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
A former auto parts plant in Thorold, Ont., is getting new life as a facility to manufacture towers for wind energy turbines.
TSP Canada Towers Inc., a joint venture between Shanghai Taisheng Wind Power Equipment Co. Ltd. and British Columbia-based Top Renergy Inc., announced earlier this week that it plans to invest $25 million into the new facility.
The current plans are to hire 150 people in the first phase of its operations, and that could be followed up with the creation of another 100 jobs if the company opts to pursue manufacturing of its offshore wind towers at the Thorold plant.
“Today is indeed a great day for Niagara’s economy,” Regional Chair Gary Burroughs told Niagara This Week. “Niagara is quickly embracing this green technology.”
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, issued a statement to coincide with the announcement, citing the investment as an important step in moving the province toward a greener future.
“The TSP Canada Towers wind tower manufacturing plant is a significant undertaking — in creating jobs for Ontarians, in providing clean electricity, and in ensuring a cleaner future for us all,” he said.