Hutchinson Wind Farm Parts Plant Gets New Orders


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Plant officials at Siemens Wind Energy in Hutchinson say new orders will help the company avoid more layoffs for now.

The Hutchinson News reports the plant recently received orders to supply parts for wind farms being built in Southern California and Chile.

Siemens announced in September that it was cutting 60 percent of its Hutchinson workforce. The layoffs were completed this week, leaving the plant with 150 workers. It once had more than 400 employees.

Siemens also laid off 570 people at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant and 62 others around the country.

Jim Jones, interim plant manager in Hutchinson, says the company expects to get more orders. He says that will mean more hours for current workers, rather than adding extra jobs.


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