AAER makes temporary lay-off to reduce costs

Quebec wind turbine maker AAER has temporarily laid off 34 employees, mainly in operational and administrative jobs, in a bid to conserve cash.

AAER: temporary staff cut

The company continues to service existing customers "while proceeding with planning for the manufacture and erection of new wind turbines currently under contract."

AAER shipped the first turbine out of its factory in Bromont, 75 kilometres east of Montreal, in January.

Over the past 20 months it has announced a series of one-off deals with customers, mainly in the US. It has also signed a "conditional supply agreement" with Toronto-based Northland Power for 61 of its 1.65 MW turbines, its first major order.

The units will be installed at Northland’s Mont Louis project in Quebec. AAER had 72 employees in February, when it celebrated the official opening of its plant.