GE Energy will close a Tehachapi, Calif.-based regional manufacturing facility that produces machine heads and hubs for wind turbines. Through November, GE will transition all related manufacturing activity in Tehachapi to Pensacola, Fla.
According to GE, the plant closure will impact 37 jobs. Approximately 14 high-tech jobs will continue to be based in Tehachapi to support advanced technology testing and services, the company notes.
‘When constructing a wind farm, delivering the most advanced technology at the lowest landed cost is a commitment that GE makes to our customers,’ according to a company statement. ‘Manufacturing location, component type and ease of logistics are key levers to achieving this metric. As we look for ways to serve our U.S. customers more competitively, streamlining our GE manufacturing efforts makes sense.’
GE goes on to note that Tehachapi still serves as an important advanced technology test hub and that their engineering and services team will continue to work out of Tehachapi.