By Alyssa Dalton
Feb. 10, 2015 – Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, Ont., has achieved a milestone in its operations — the completion of the 1,000th blade produced at the factory.
The production of 1,000 blades generates enough electricity to power more than 230,000 Ontario homes per year, said the company. More than 500 employees across Canada comprise the wind power division of Siemens Canada, the majority of whom work at the 253,000-square-foot Tillsonburg facility to produce 49-metre blades for the SWT-2.3-101 geared-drive platform and 55-metre blades for the SWT-3.2-113 direct-drive platform.
“We feel an incredible amount of honour and pride in celebrating our 1000th blade,” said Niels Kelter-Wesenberg, plant manager, Tillsonburg blade manufacturing facility. “We’re very proud to be home to Siemens Canada’s wind turbine manufacturing facility and are excited to continue to provide jobs and clean energy to Ontarians.”
“In 2014, Siemens reached a 10-gigawatt installation milestone in the Americas, which reaffirms our commitment to renewable energy, the competitiveness of wind power and continuous innovation,” added Jacob Andersen, head of wind power renewables, Siemens Canada.
Photos courtesy Siemens Canada