First Canadian-made Siemens wind turbine blade shipped from Tillsonburg manufacturing plant

First Canadian-made Siemens wind turbine blade shipped from Tillsonburg 
manufacturing plant 
Blade delivered to South Kent Wind project site 
TILLSONBURG, ON, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Siemens has officially shipped its first 
'made-in-Canada' wind turbine blade from its manufacturing facility in 
Tillsonburg, Ontario. After a send-off from employees, who have proudly 
crafted the piece by hand, the 49 metre blade left the plant and made its way 
along area highways en route to the region of Chatham-Kent where it will be 
used in the commissioning of the South Kent Wind project. 
The production of the first blade marks a Canadian milestone for Siemens, 
specifically in Ontario, where the company has made significant investments in 
recent years, including the establishment of the Tillsonburg facility in 2010. 
This commitment to the province was further strengthened by the signing of a 
memorandum of understanding between Siemens and the Ontario government in 2011. 
The blade production ramp-up also highlights the positive impact the Green 
Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) has made on manufacturing in Ontario. The 
253,000-sq.-ft. Tillsonburg plant was a former Magna International location 
that originally opened in 1975 and had been vacant since 2008. The building 
was overhauled in 2010 by Siemens to set up its now-bustling home of turbine 
blade production currently housing more than 200 employees. 
In addition to manufacturing, Siemens has also established its first Canadian 
wind turbine service and maintenance distribution centre in Chatham, Ontario 
in order to enhance its proximity to its installed base, including the service 
of the South Kent Wind project. 
This first blade is one of 372 blades to be employed in the commissioning of 
124 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines at South Kent Wind as part of the 270-MW 
agreement between Siemens and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and 
Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern). 
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    --  "There's a real energy and sense of pride among our employees
        to see the first blade leave the plant. We're pleased to be
        supplying Ontario-made wind turbine blades for Ontario Wind
        projects. We look forward to helping bring renewable energy to
        homes in the province, new jobs to Canadians and continued
        investment and economic development to our communities." -
        Jacob Andersen, Vice President Wind Power, Siemens Canada
        Limited
    --  "I'm proud to congratulate the hundreds of Siemens Canada
        employees in Tillsonburg who made this milestone possible. It's
        clear that renewable energy is cleaning up Ontario's air and
        creating good, local jobs." - The Honourable Bob Chiarelli,
        Minister of Energy, Ontario
    --  "The Town of Tillsonburg is very proud to be the home to
        Siemens Canada wind turbine manufacturing facility. We
        congratulate Siemens Canada and are grateful for the numerous
        jobs this facility is providing to Tillsonburg and area. This
        was a huge undertaking and all employees are to be
        congratulated in bringing this to reality. It's very exciting
        for all of us." - The Honourable John Lessif, Mayor of the Town
        of Tillsonburg, Ontario

About Siemens Canada 
For more than 100 years the innovative ideas from Siemens have helped make 
Canada a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more than 4,500 
employees in Canada work together to provide answers that last in the fields 
of industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure solutions for cities. Since 
it was federally chartered in 1912, Siemens has stood for technical 
achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada 
in fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), were $2.1 billion CAD. The company has 53 
offices and 14 manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada. Further 
information is available at www.siemens.ca.

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