New Wind Tower Plant Creates 700 Jobs in Windsor
McGuinty Government Helping Build Ontario's Clean Energy Economy
Ontario's newest wind tower manufacturing plant will bring 300 new full-time jobs and up to 400 construction and indirect service jobs to Windsor, fuelling Ontario's clean energy economy.
The Windsor wind tower plant is part of a $7 billion investment by Samsung and its partners in Ontario - the largest single investment in renewable energy in provincial history. The plant will be built and run by a new Ontario-based subsidiary of CS Wind.
Samsung and partners intend to use 100 per cent Ontario steel to manufacture all of their towers. The total projected consumption will be 200,000 tonnes of domestic steel with a face value of $140 million - leading to more good, Ontario jobs.
Ontario's clean energy plan is getting Ontario off dirty, smog-producing coal and on to cleaner energy sources like wind, solar and bio-energy. The plan is making Ontario a global clean energy leader, sparking a new industry and thousands of new, good jobs in Ontario. The plan also includes help for families with the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit that will take 10 per cent off electricity bills every month.
- Samsung and partners are investing $7 billion in Ontario to open four manufacturing plants, create 16,000 direct and indirect clean energy jobs and generate 2,500 megawatts of wind and solar power.
- In the last year, over $9 billion in private sector investment, creating an estimated 20,000 new jobs, has been committed to clean energy projects in Ontario.
- In 2003, Ontario had 19 dirty polluting-coal units and just ten wind turbines; today, the province has over 700 new wind turbines and by 2014 all coal units will be closed or converted to biomass or natural gas.
- Ontario is Canada's leader in wind and solar capacity, home to the largest wind farms in Canada and currently home to the largest solar PV farm in the world.
- To date, more than 20 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industry, creating new jobs in Ontario.
“Today's announcement with Samsung and CS Wind is part of Ontario's energy plan to eliminate polluting coal, create good jobs and clean up the air our kids breathe.”
“The McGuinty government's energy plan is working. Today's announcement of 300 new full-time jobs is a real boost to our community and demonstrates that Windsor can be the engine of Ontario's growing clean energy economy.”
“We're pleased to announce that 300 new jobs will be created here in Windsor-Essex because of our government's focus on the renewable energy sector and attracting new investment and high value jobs to our province. This plant will diversify Windsor's economy and help lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”
“We are very pleased to help bring a new wind manufacturing facility to Ontario. This facility will play a key role in the Windsor community to create jobs, and will serve Ontario's growing wind power generation market and beyond. We are proud to play this role in growing Ontario's clean energy economy and supporting the province's commitment to renewable energy.”
Chi Sung Ha
“The Province's Open Ontario Plan exemplifies government and industry working together to create local energy, jobs, and economic benefits. Ontario should be proud of being the leader in North America in converting philosophy to concrete results. We look forward to using these Ontario-made towers in the premier wind projects we are developing in the province with Samsung Renewable Energy.”
“We are proud to bring our steel manufacturing expertise to Ontario and to work with Samsung and Partners to provide the towers for Ontario-made wind turbines. CS Wind looks forward both to using Ontario steel in the manufacture of our products and to being a new employer in the Windsor community.”
“As a government-owned company in Korea, KEPCO puts higher priority on corporate social responsibility than on profit-making, and we believe CS Wind's construction of a wind tower manufacturing facilities will contribute to job creation and economic growth in Ontario. We also hope that this opens the door for many Korean companies to enter into Canadian renewable energy business.”
“We are thrilled to welcome CS Wind and this new wind tower plant to Windsor. Ontario's clean economy is playing a very big part in helping us move successfully into the future and to become a city of choice in which to invest and create jobs.”