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GE to close California factory

UNITED STATES: GE has announced plans to close its turbine manufacturing plant in Tehachapi, California as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

The facilities manufacture GE's 1.7MW platform
The facilities manufacture GE's 1.7MW platform

GE described the closure of the hub and nacelle factory in the US as "streamlining". In November, all activities at the Tehachapi plant will be transferred to the company's second nacelle factory in Pensacola, Florida, southeast US.

GE said 37 jobs would be impacted as a result of the closure. The company will retain the plant as a testing facility and servicing base with around 14 "high-tech" jobs remaining.

Pensacola and Tehachapi both produce turbine components for North America for its 1.7MW turbine platform.

The Tehachapi plant appears to have been in operation since the mid-2000s and manufactured components for the 150MW Alta I project - part of the 947MW Alta Wind Energy Centre now owned by NRG Yield.

In a statement, GE said, "When constructing a wind farm, delivering the most advanced technology at the lowest landed cost is a commitment that GE makes to our customers.

"Manufacturing location, component type and ease of logistics are key levers to achieving this metric."

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