Minister responds to closure of turbine blade plant in Tillsonburg

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Despite the recently announced closure of Siemens’ wind turbine plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario’s energy minister remains hopeful in the province’s green energy sector.

Minister Glenn Thibeault was in Chatham on Monday for an update concerning the proposed merger between Entegrus Powerlines and St. Thomas Energy.

Speaking to media afterward, he said there has been evolution in green energy technologies, but that companies are still taking advantage.

“When it comes to renewable energy, we’re going to continue to see investments and growth in that sector in our province,” he said. “We’ve created almost 43,000 jobs in that sector and it’s continuing to grow. And now we’re seeing more technology being brought forward that’s actually going to enhance wind turbines.”

Siemens Canada said last week it’s closing its Tillsonburg plant, one of four Ontario green energy factories set up under a controversial, multibillion-dollar deal with Korean industrial giant Samsung.

More than 200 workers were laid off immediately, and the rest of the 340 will be gone by January when the plant closes.

Thibeault said he sympathized with those who were impacted.

“I feel for the families that were affected by the Siemens closure, and I was glad to hear that our Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development reached out to the mayor and to the plant as soon as that information was heard,” he said.

The minister reiterated that it was the demand for larger turbine blades that resulted in the company’s decision.

“Part of Siemens’ decision wasn’t that there’s not going to be further renewable energy developed and built and used in Ontario, and across the country,” he said. “The investments they would have had to make in their facility was something that they made a business decision not to do.”


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