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Wind industry boost for Quebec town
1 July 2006
Another Quebec town is receiving an economic boost from the wind industry. Gurit Holding AG, a Swiss composites manufacturer, is transferring existing production capacity from Austria and the UK to Magog to "facilitate supplies to the North American wind energy market, where the pace of growth is currently very rapid." The company will spend C$13 million and create 182 jobs to add two production lines for the materials used to make wind turbine rotor blades. Canada's federal government is providing a C$2 million repayable contribution, money that Economic Development Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn says helped persuade Gurit to choose Magog for its relocation rather than Johnstown, Pennsylvania, "the home of the company's largest American client." Spanish wind turbine supplier Gamesa has opened a blade production facility in Johnstown.
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