Illinois, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Winergy Drive Systems Corp. and Siemens Drive Technologies officially opened a second wind turbine production facility plant in Elgin, Illnois last week. The new plant, representing an investment of more than US $20 million, will create approximately 300 new jobs in production and 55 new office jobs over the next three to four years, more than double the current number of employees in Elgin.
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.
“This facility is a great example of how sustainability has helped transition a traditional industry into a newer, greener one — increasing production, creating ‘green’ jobs and reducing its environmental footprint,” noted Parthiv Amin, president of Winergy Drive Systems Corp. “It is also a fine example of the company’s commitment to providing technologies that are produced in an environmentally responsible manner and promote energy efficiency.”
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.