Thursday, November 11, 2004

Northern Power Systems Expands Manufacturing, Leases Old Bombardier Facility in Barre Town, VT

The Times Argus has this report on Northern Power Systems' (NPS) expansion of its wind turbine manufacturing operations. Until now, NPS has contracted with manufacturers outside of Vermont to fill orders for its energy systems. An upswing in orders, including a $1.9 million contract to supply wind turbines to an electric co-operative in Alaska have lead to the company's expansion of manufacturing. Revitalization of the old Bombardier facility in Barre Town is a welcome, and much needed boost for the area's economy. Bombardier, which manufactured railcars at the facility, pulled out of Barre Town a couple of years ago, taking several hundred jobs with it. According to Clint "Jito" Coleman, president of NPS, the company has filled 30 new jobs in the past month and expects to hire 35 more shortly. All told, the NPS workforce could grow to 170 by the end of the year.

Just one more example of how increased investment in renewable energy development = more manufacturing jobs.

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