photo by Kyle Eertmoed
Two weeks ago we wrote about the knock-on effects of the expanding wind industry on US manufacturing. Here's the latest concrete example of that:
Siemens Energy & Automation has announced that it will develop a second plant in Elgin, Illinois for the manufacturing of mechanical drives for the wind turbine industry. The $20 million investment in this plant will create approximately 300 new production jobs and 55 new office jobs. Siemens' current Elgin plant employs 150 people. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on June 25th, 2008 and the plant should be completed by March 2009.
Commenting on the announcement, Anne Cooney of Siemens said that the, "new facility will enable Siemens to increase production of our mechanical drives to help our customers meet the growing demand for sustainable energy resources."
Siemens is the largest producer of wind turbine gear drives in the United States, employing approximately 7,000 people at 40 locations throughout Illinois.