Siemens to close Ontario wind turbine blade manufacturing plant

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Siemens to close Ontario wind turbine blade manufacturing plant
Photo: www.siemens.com/press
Jul. 18, 2017 - Siemens Wind Power Limited, as part of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, announced today it will close the wind blade manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg, Ont., by early 2018.

The closure will affect 340 employees, and will be conducted in phases through the rest of the calendar year.

The company said the decision to close the plant is a result of “significant changes in the global and regional markets, combined with physical limitations at the existing plant.”

“Today’s market environment requires significantly larger blades, a critical requirement for our business to remain globally competitive. The Tillsonburg factory cannot easily be adapted to manufacture this product portfolio. The significant investments necessary to bring the plant in line with current market requirements would result in costs that could not be competitive in the global markets,” according to a company statement.

As well, Siemens notes that the market in Eastern Canada has experienced a “significant reduction” in the demand for blades in the last year.
 
“This was a very difficult decision that was taken only after assessing all the options,” said David Hickey, head of the Siemens Gamesa Business in Canada. “We have a great team of employees at the plant who have produced quality work for the last six years, and we sincerely appreciate all their efforts. However, the harsh reality is that, in order to remain competitive, we must constantly evaluate our global manufacturing footprint.”

The plant began commercial operation in 2011 to provide wind blades for projects in Ontario and beyond. Since then, the plant has produced more than 2,500 blades and supported projects in Ontario & Quebec, Canada; U.S.; U.K.; and Sweden.

The company plans to provide affected employees with career counselling, job-placement assistance — including resume preparation — and redeployment where possible, in addition to severance packages.

Comments 

 
0 #2 Brad 2017-07-19 16:05
So much for the false ecconomy started by the Ontario Content rules in our energy policies. Temporary investment for a short period and then ,,,,nothing,,,f or 340 workers. Your article failed to mention where they are moving too.

Drove past the plant the other day and it looks like they are building up a bigger stockpile than ever covering adjacent fields with blades.

Too bad.
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0 #1 Randy 2017-07-19 15:25
So much for Trudeau's and Butts alternative economy. Without subsidy to which Ontario's Liberals have forced their electorate into energy poverty to the tune of billions, the green economy does not exist. Chauk up another multi billion dollar fraud and failure to the Liberal machine of corruption and lies.
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