Winergy, Siemens open wind turbine gear drive plant

Elgin, Ill., August 28, 2009 – Winergy Drive Systems Corp. and Siemens Drive Technologies officially opened a second plant in Illinois.

The new plant, representing an investment of more than $20 million, enables the company to meet the growing demand for alternative and renewable energy sources. Winergy is the largest producer of wind turbine gear drives in the U.S.

The new plant will create about 300 new jobs in production and 55 new office jobs over the next three to four years.

The plant, one of the first in Illinois to receive environmental LEED certification, was built using recycled steel and designed with Siemens energy efficient lighting and heating and cooling systems, which are expected to save $500,000 annually in energy costs and reduce annual water use by 250,000 gallons.

The state of Illinois and the city of Elgin provided a number of incentives to Siemens to help secure the investment including a Wind Energy Development Grant and Employer Training Investment Program job training funds.

Siemens invested more than $20 million to build the infrastructure needed to equip the new plant for production. The new plant will be used for the assembly and testing of mechanical gear drives. The existing plant will be maintained to manufacture the gears and components that will be assembled and tested in the new plant. It will also house the services and repairs business. The new plant located is 170,000 square feet, expandable up to 330,000 square feet.

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