Hutchinson company announces temporary shutdown – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2022-05-20 14:24:56 –

Hutchinson, Kansas (KSNW) — The Siemens GAMESA plant in Hutchinson will be temporarily closed from July, leaving 92 unemployed. The factory is assembling nacelles for wind turbines.

A news release from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy calls shutdown hibernation. It condemns the challenges in production demand in the US onshore wind energy market.

The company’s blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa will be suspended in June. The 171 workers there will be “dismissed during hibernation.”

Siemens GAMESA states that all employees will be provided with a comprehensive separation package that includes severance pay, benefits continuity, career counseling, resume preparation and employment assistance.

Since the facility was opened in 2010, workers at the Siemens GAMESA plant in Hutchinson have been installed on wind towers and have produced about 5,500 nacelles that support the rotors and housing components for power generation. rice field.

“The hibernation of the two facilities does not reflect the excellent work done by the teams at these locations,” said Shannon Sturgil, CEO of Onshore North America, in a news release. “We considered many options to address the current shortage and eventually found that hibernation planning was the most viable option for the long-term success of US manufacturing and assembly plants. I did. “

“We continue to pursue new orders and are committed to finding a way to support our Fort Madison and Hutchinson manufacturing facilities,” said Sturgil.

SIEMENS GAMESA also said it faced a patent objection to the functionality of onshore wind turbines brought by its competitors in 2021. The European Parliament Committee finally ruled in favor of Siemens GAMESA, but during that period the company was unable to track orders. Since then, the US onshore wind market has slowed in anticipation of new climate laws and the associated renewable energy incentives. Coupled with the long lead times of wind energy projects, these factors created a “production gap” in 2022.

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