In 2005, the Spanish energy company Gamesa Technology Corporation was looking to locate sites for wind turbine manufacturing facilities in the United States.
The search ultimately narrowed to four states, and Pennsylvania came out on top. This decision was bolstered with the support of a $2 million low-interest loan from the MetEd/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund that assisted the company in placing its blade manufacturing facility in Ebensburg in Cambria County.
“The MetEd/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund was an early supporter in attracting Gamesa to Pennsylvania. They saw the connection between renewable energy and jobs, and Gamesa’s decision to locate in Cambria County was greatly aided by the fund’s advocacy and financial support,” said David J. Rosenberg, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, North America.
The Ebensburg blades plant currently employs approximately 250 individuals. Additional economic benefits can be found among local suppliers and vendors that work with Gamesa.
“The company considers its Ebensburg facility one of the finest in the world,” a Gamesa spokesman told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat in 2009 when announcing that the plant would expand to make larger blades.
Gamesa also has a nacelle manufacturing site in Bucks County, bringing the company’s total employment in Pennsylvania today to approximately 800. By the end of 2011, the company will have developed seven wind farms generating a total of 386 MW of clean energy in Pennsylvania.