Siemens Canada: Tillsonburg plant that employees 300 may face bleak future amid ominous warning signs

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All employees at Tillsonburg’s 300-employee Siemens wind turbine plant have been called to a meeting Tuesday amid rumours of a plant closing or summer shutdown.

A notice sent out to its employees requires them to attend a 10 a.m. meeting at the Tillsonburg Community Centre, but provides no other details.

An employee who asked to remain anonymous told Postmedia he received a notice that the plant will close in July.

“It’s not really a big surprise,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified.

About 300 employees work at the plant, which is the town’s biggest private employer.

The province suspended plans for more green energy last fall after reports that indicated Ontario will have enough generation capacity for at least a decade.

Ontario had started the process to contract for an additional 600 megawatts of wind energy, requiring construction of about a dozen new wind farms, when it pulled the plug.

Officials from Siemens Canada could not be reached for comment as of mid-morning Monday.

rrichmond@postmedia.com


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