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Siemens To Shut Canadian Wind Turbine Plant

July 18, 2017

By Paul Homewood

h/t Francis Bowkett

 

So much for all of these green jobs promised.

News from BNN:

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TILLSONBURG, Ont. – Hundreds of people will be losing their jobs in Tillsonburg, Ont., after a major international company announced the closure of a factory manufacturing wind turbine blades.

Siemens Wind Power Ltd. has announced the factory that employed 340 workers is not large enough to build the sorts of bigger turbine blades the company needs to stay competitive in an increasingly challenging market.

Although the factory won’t be fully closed until early 2018, the majority of staff will feel the effects right away

Siemens says 206 staff are out of work effective immediately, with the rest being phased out over the rest of the year.

The company says it will provide career counselling and job placement support for all employees.

Siemens described the decision as a difficult one, but said the plant was simply not viable given drastic shifts in the demands and profitability of the industry.

http://www.bnn.ca/siemens-to-close-ontario-turbine-plant-cut-hundreds-of-jobs-1.807596

 

 

Despite massive subsidies for wind power, companies like Siemens are still struggling to make a profit.

As with much else, the business, and the jobs, are increasingly heading to China.

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18 Comments
  1. Robert Fairless permalink
    July 18, 2017 10:04 pm

    If it had not been for subsidies the plant would never have been opened. It was socialism gone mad but will they learn? Not as long as stupid governments squander their tax payers money!

  2. HotScot permalink
    July 18, 2017 10:12 pm

    Lets subsidise wind turbine blade manufacture.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  3. nigelf permalink
    July 19, 2017 1:24 am

    These were parasitic jobs funded by taxpayers. I feel bad for the workers out of a job but this plant should never have existed in the first place.
    Just like the global warming scam, take away the taxpayers money and it dies.

  4. tom0mason permalink
    July 19, 2017 2:16 am

    Siemens Wind Power Ltd wouldn’t be running away quick before legislation changes and they’re left having to clear-up all the mess they’ve made. Now who is going to charged with getting rid of all the broken wind-mill blades. Some in the Canadian press are asking the questions — http://canadafreepress.com/article/questioning-recycling-of-wind-turbine-blades

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    July 19, 2017 4:54 am

    Search Google Earth for “Siemens Wind Power Ltd.”
    This is a sizeable place on the SW edge of a small town in a rural area.
    Anyone that recently made an investment in a new car or home will be talking to bankers in short order.

  6. July 19, 2017 5:52 am

    Maybe all those skilled workers could be re-employed by Siemens to carry out research in to how to safely dispose of millions of tons of old turbine blades without damaging the environment.

  7. Stonyground permalink
    July 19, 2017 6:52 am

    I live near Hull and there is a Seimens wind turbine factory here. When it was first announced that it was going to be built here I was wondering how long it would last when its existence depends on government subsidies. When the climate change bubble bursts the government will most likely turn the money taps off.

    • July 20, 2017 5:42 pm

      Shocking how BBC Radio Humberside , Peter Levy and all are just so taken in , only talking positively and not allowing voices that will expose negatives.
      Humberside Airport’s main biz now is helicopters flying out to the OFFSHORE turbines, which have been built to “save” CO2.

  8. July 19, 2017 8:38 am

    I have sympathy for these workers; for they have been taken for a ride.
    The adapted old adage: “If you sup with the government, best use a long spoon”, seems pertinent here.
    Meanwhile Seimens will have made a Bob or two.

  9. Jack Broughton permalink
    July 19, 2017 9:16 am

    You have to admire Siemens business skills even though they are totally immoral in their exploitation of people and subsidies. They have got billions of dollars worth of wind funding and supply about half of the CCGT plants that are needed to back these up: classic win-win.

    They beat GE on this one: surprised that the USA has not sued Siemens for beating GE….. as they usually do to overseas competitors…… maybe this is why Trump is so anti-Merkel!

  10. Patsy Lacey permalink
    July 19, 2017 10:45 am

    Siemens have excellent business skills. They built a marine turbine themselves and erected it in Strangford Loch – presumably to test the market for subsidies in tidal power. As soon as they realized which way the wind was blowing (excuse the pun) they closed their marine turbine plant along with their whole ocean division. They were even able to sell the turbine to a firm which was researching how to dismantle these green totems!

  11. July 19, 2017 8:55 pm

    The blades look very graceful.
    Maybe they could be used on modern windjammers? Very green.
    Or stack them up in big circles like the stone circles in Scotland.
    Then centuries in the future archaeologists will speculate on what strange cult caused the construction of such mystic monuments.

  12. July 20, 2017 5:39 pm

    Timeline
    Siemens closes German wind turbine plant.
    Siemens closes Denmark wind turbine plant
    Siemens opens Hull wind turbine plant
    Siemens closes Canada wind turbine plant
    Siemens opens Egypt wind turbine plant
    Siemens opens wind turbine plant, Tanger Automotive City in Morocco
    Anyone would think they are just shopping for startup grants.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Wind_Power

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