Siemens and Samsung Invest Heavily in Ontario

Leading wind turbine manufacturer Siemens has partnered with consumer electronics giant Samsung to build a turbine production facility in the Canadian Province of Ontario. The facility could produce 600 jobs when completed.Leading wind turbine manufacturer Siemens has partnered with consumer electronics giant Samsung to build a turbine production facility in the Canadian Province of Ontario. The facility could produce 600 jobs when completed.

Ontario has been very successful so far in its attempt to lure new manufacturing jobs to the province. Under its Feed-in Tariff program, Ontario has required a certain amount of components and labor to come from within the province. A number of solar and wind companies have set up shop in the last 9 months.

Ontario’s goal is to build a new clean energy workforce of 50,000 jobs. A number of onlookers have raised concerns about the ability of the province to create enough manufacturing capacity to meet the influx of applications under the new FIT program.

Earlier this spring, Samsung and Siemens announced the planned development of 2,500 MW of wind projects in Ontario in the next six years.

In the interview below, Chantal Ramsey of “Invest in Ontario,” talks about the province’s push to build a new manufacturing and high-tech job market.

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