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In June executives from General Electric's new wind turbine division and from TPI Composites of Rhode Island, manufacturer of blades for Mitsubishi, toured the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, near Boston. Lured there by Jim Gordon, who hopes to build the first offshore wind farm in the US at Cape Cod, GE executives are considering whether it could be converted into a turbine manufacturing plant.

In mid-June executives from General Electric's new wind turbine division and from TPI Composites of Rhode Island, manufacturer of blades for Mitsubishi wind turbines, toured the 53 hectare Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts' economically depressed city of Quincy, south of Boston. Lured there by Jim Gordon, who hopes to build the first offshore wind farm in the US at Cape Cod, the GE executives are considering whether the long dormant shipyard could be converted into a turbine manufacturing plant. It was just the first step in what could be a lengthy and convoluted process (the property is managed by a federal agency) but Quincy government officials and business leaders appear thrilled. "GE and GE Wind Energy and TPI toured the site. It's very preliminary," says Joe Mannarino of Quincy 2000 Corp, the city's economic development organisation. "They have to determine whether or not the costs and the facility itself would meet their needs," he adds. "There's one building that's 23,225 square metres. It has cranes that would move the product through the building and roll it out through the wharf."

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