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Siemens Wind Energy

Tanner Cole / The Hawkeye

Siemens announced Monday that it will close its manufacturing plant in Burlington, Iowa. The closure will take place in phases over the next year and will leave approximately 125 people out of work.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

IowaWorks will hold a targeted job fair Friday, Feb. 16 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Comfort Inn & Suites in Fort Madison. The workforce development agency said it will only be open to employees who were laid off last month from Siemens-Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Siemens Gamesa announced Wednesday morning that it is permanently laying off 195 hourly workers and 7 salaried employees at its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison.

The announcement that Siemens Energy has been hired to build nearly 450 wind turbines featured more than just celebrations and congratulations.  It had a distinct political feel as well.

Several hundred people attended a ceremony in Lee County to celebrate what is being called the "World's Largest On-Shore Wind Turbine Order."

A southeast Iowa business is bringing back some of its workforce.

Job Fair for Ex-Siemens Workers

Nov 15, 2012

Congress is not expected to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit, which means it will expire at the end of the calendar year.

That led a group of lawmakers to go to the House floor, Wednesday, to call on Speaker John Boehner to bring the legislation up for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

In The Tri States

Oct 7, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.  

Reporter Jason Parrott told us about plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County. He also reported on pending lay-offs at one of the county’s largest employers.

During the month, Colchester received some good news from the USDA, Lee County made plans to add beds to its jail, and a historic structure in Macomb received a national designation.

One of Lee County’s largest employers will drastically reduce its workforce before the end of the year.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says a trip through Lee County shows his economic development policies are working.

The Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent several hours talking to executives at employees at Pinnacle Foods and at Siemens on Friday.

They also toured both facilities and even participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nearly 18,000 square foot expansion at Pinnacle.

The company spent roughly $20-million to build a new production line, which led to the creation of about 65 new jobs and the retention of several hundred more.