Monday, June 8, 2009
How can this be?
Last update: June 8, 2009 - 9:03 AM
PIPESTONE, Minn. - A wind power company in southwestern Minnesota has announced it will eliminate 70 jobs this summer with another 90 layoffs possible by the end of September.
According to a letter sent to city officials, Suzlon will make the first round of layoffs at the Pipestone turbine blade plant by Aug. 2. Another 90 job losses will likely be added to that tally.
A year ago, employment at the plant had swelled to 500.
A shortage of rental housing and workers in Pipestone forced Suzlon to bus in employees from Worthington, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D., at a cost of nearly $50,000 a month.
Pipestone Mayor Laurie Ness says the news is "crushing blow" to the city.
The community had 200 layoffs last year when boat manufacturer U.S. Marine closed its plant in October.
Ness says city officials will meet Monday with the local economic development authority to discuss how to assist laid-off workers.
India-based Suzlon manufactures wind turbines and has a presence in 21 countries.
But wait, I thought Owebama was "investing" in clean energy. So, if an Indian company is manufacturing in the USA would that be called "insourcing"? I wonder if the tax climate under the Owebama Administration has anything to do with the layoffs. . . Nah, that couldn't be it.