One of the region’s newest industries has a big deal on the books.
Siemens Canada’s wind turbine blade plant in Tillsonburg will supply Samsung with blades for 67 new turbines for the Grand Renewable Wind project in Haldimand, the company announced Tuesday.
“It is pretty important for us. It is about taking the next step in job creation and development of green energy,” said Samsung spokesperson Marcus Staviss.
Deliveries of the blades will begin in January 2014 and the Haldimand project is expected to be in business by fall of next year.
“It is a significant order to the factory. It will mean continuous production at the facility, which is running near capacity now,” said Greg Thrasher, manager of sales and strategy with Samsung’s wind power division in Oakville.
The plant will start delivering blades in January and the order will take to year end to fill, he added.
This is the second major deal for the Siemens plant, which earlier was awarded an order for 124 turbines for the South Kent Wind project in Chatham-Kent.
“Chatham-Kent has been very supportive and we have done a lot of work in Haldimand. We have found supportive communities,” Staviss said.
The Siemens plant has about 275 workers.
Towers and steel for the turbines will come from CS Wind in Windsor and Essar in Sault Ste. Marie
The Siemens plant opened about a year ago and has ramped up quickly. It’s one of four manufacturing plants Ontario landed through a $5-billion investment deal between Korean industrial giant Samsung and the Ontario government.
London has landed a solar parts plant as part of that deal, expected to begin production by year’s end.