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Gamesa to Produce Wind Turbine Blades in Pennsylvania
Spanish company Gamesa, the second-largest wind energy company in the world, announced on January 17th that it will build a high-tech plant to manufacture wind turbine blades in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles west of Altoona. The new manufacturing plant will create as many as 500 construction and operations jobs, including 236 permanent positions. Gamesa previously announced that its U.S. headquarters and East Coast development offices would be located in Pennsylvania. Together with the construction, operation, and maintenance of its wind facilities, Gamesa's manufacturing facility and two Philadelphia offices are expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in the state over the next five years. Gamesa claims to have agreements with Pennsylvania utilities for the sale of 600 megawatts of wind power, and has set itself a target for reaching 1,000 megawatts of wind power in the state. See the Gamesa press release.