Pa. wind turbine plant laying off 141 workers

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Posted: Nov 27, 2009 9:45 AM

Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa is laying off nearly 150 people from a western Pennsylvania plant.

The layoffs reduce the work force by more than half at Gamesa's plant in Ebensburg, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. The layoffs will be effective January 1.

Company officials said Wednesday that a total of 141 people are being laid off. Seventy-nine will be furloughed temporarily and more than 60 could be offered buyouts or jobs in other parts of the company.

Gamesa spokesman Michael Peck says the economic downturn is to blame. He says power companies are delaying plans to build wind farms using Gamesa's blades.

Peck says workers who take a buyout can return if the business picks up enough.

Gamesa officials say the company's plant in Fairless Hills is not affected.