Wind Power Manufacturer Redevelops Pennsylvania Industrial Zone
Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell announced the world's second largest wind energy company, Gamesa Corporation, is investing $34 million to open three new manufacturing centers in Fairless Hills. Located at the eastern tip of Pennsylvania across the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey, the centers are located at an abandoned industrial site that was formerly home to U.S. Steel. The manufacturing centers will employ 300 workers to produce components for Gamesa wind turbines with an annual production capacity rated at 360 megawatts (MW). Production will begin this summer.
"Not only are we focused on job creation, making sure our businesses remain competitive in world markets, but we also are supporting the development of alternative energy sources while helping to return abandoned industrial sites to productive use," said Rendell. For more details on the project, read the governor's March 7 press release.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offered Gamesa grants, loans, and tax credits worth $10 million. The Governor's Action Team, which is a group of economic professionals that report directly to Rendell, organized the economic package for Gamesa. Last year the team helped install 148 manufacturing projects like this one in Pennsylvania.
For background on Pennsylvania's energy programs, read a statement by DEP Director of Environmental Sustainability Eric Thumma titled "Pennsylvania Energy Harvest: Leadership for Pennsylvania and the Nation's Energy Future."