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Gamesa has announced plans to close its blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Pa., and lay off the facility's 62 employees.

According to a Gamesa spokesperson, the plant will officially close on March 31, and all affected employees have been given a 60-day notice as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. In addition, the company has notified the United Steelworkers Union of the decision.

“The blades plant has been functioning primarily as a repair facility and will remain open and fully staffed until March 31 to complete all our current work orders,” the spokesperson tells NAW. “After March 31, blade repairs will be conducted in the field by our services personnel and, in some cases, by suppliers located close to the affected wind farms.”

As for why the company is closing the blade plant, the spokesperson says, “The decision is driven by a shift in our customer market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest into the Southwest, requiring us to alter our manufacturing, outsourcing and supply chain strategy to remain competitive.

“The majority of our blades will be produced by other suppliers who are equipped to meet our stringent requirements,” the spokesperson continues. “The blades will be installed by Gamesa as they always have been.”

The spokesperson adds that no other Gamesa U.S. facilities are affected by this decision.


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