Wind turbine maker to close western PA plant

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 2, 2014 4:21 AM

(Ebensburg) -- The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa says it will close its western Pennsylvania plant and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs.

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

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

The plant in Cambria Township, Cambria County began layoffs at the end of 2009, when 141 workers lost their jobs. In 2012, the company laid off 92 more workers.

The company says it will close the plant March 31st.

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