Blade delivered to South Kent Wind project site
TILLSONBURG, ON, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Siemens has officially shipped its
first 'made-in-Canada' wind turbine blade from its manufacturing
facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. After a send-off from employees, who
have proudly crafted the piece by hand, the 49 metre blade left the
plant and made its way along area highways en route to the region of
Chatham-Kent where it will be used in the commissioning of the South
Kent Wind project.
The production of the first blade marks a Canadian milestone for
Siemens, specifically in Ontario, where the company has made
significant investments in recent years, including the establishment of
the Tillsonburg facility in 2010. This commitment to the province was
further strengthened by the signing of a memorandum of understanding
between Siemens and the Ontario government in 2011.
The blade production ramp-up also highlights the positive impact the
Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) has made on manufacturing in
Ontario. The 253,000-sq.-ft. Tillsonburg plant was a former Magna
International location that originally opened in 1975 and had been
vacant since 2008. The building was overhauled in 2010 by Siemens to
set up its now-bustling home of turbine blade production currently
housing more than 200 employees.
In addition to manufacturing, Siemens has also established its first
Canadian wind turbine service and maintenance distribution centre in
Chatham, Ontario in order to enhance its proximity to its installed
base, including the service of the South Kent Wind project.
This first blade is one of 372 blades to be employed in the
commissioning of 124 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines at South Kent Wind as
part of the 270-MW agreement between Siemens and Samsung Renewable
Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern).
"There's a real energy and sense of pride among our employees to see the
first blade leave the plant. We're pleased to be supplying Ontario-made
wind turbine blades for Ontario Wind projects. We look forward to
helping bring renewable energy to homes in the province, new jobs to
Canadians and continued investment and economic development to our
communities." - Jacob Andersen, Vice President Wind Power, Siemens Canada Limited
"I'm proud to congratulate the hundreds of Siemens Canada employees in
Tillsonburg who made this milestone possible. It's clear that renewable
energy is cleaning up Ontario's air and creating good, local jobs." - The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, Ontario
"The Town of Tillsonburg is very proud to be the home to Siemens Canada
wind turbine manufacturing facility. We congratulate Siemens Canada and
are grateful for the numerous jobs this facility is providing to
Tillsonburg and area. This was a huge undertaking and all employees are
to be congratulated in bringing this to reality. It's very exciting for
all of us." - The Honourable John Lessif, Mayor of the Town of Tillsonburg, Ontario
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make Canada a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more
than 4,500 employees in Canada work together to provide answers that
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has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and
reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada in fiscal 2012 (ended
September 30), were $2.1 billion CAD. The company has 53 offices and 14
manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada. Further information is
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