Siemens, Winergy Open New Plant In Illinois

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) -- A unit of Siemens AG and its partner, Winergy Drive Systems Corp., have opened a $20 million wind turbine gear drive assembly and testing facility in Elgin, Ill.

Siemens Drive Technologies and Winergy, a producer of wind turbine gear drives, said Friday 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 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.

An 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.

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