Wind turbine maker to close western Pa. plant

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:00 AM

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa says it will close its western Pennsylvania plant and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs.

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old Cambria County plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States.

They said the company had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs low and maintain a strong market presence.

The Cambria Township plant about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh began layoffs at the end of 2009, when 141 workers lost their jobs. In 2012, the company laid off 92 of its remaining 154 workers.

Union and county officials said they were disappointed, but few were surprised by the closure given the earlier reductions.

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