November 19, 2014
ISSUE | APPRECIATION Central to great art The William Glackens exhibit at the Barnes Foundation museum is a pure delight - despite Thomas Hine's negativity in his critique and the reluctance of the curator to mention the Ashcan School, in which Glackens and company were popularly classified ("William Glackens: A career divided," Nov. 9). And cheers for two Central High boys - Glackens and Albert C. Barnes - who made good. |Henry and Bobbie Shaffner, Bala Cynwyd Send a critic to cover The state's massive deficit should make for interesting theater when the legislature tries to explain how the budget crisis is the fault of Tom Wolf.
January 31, 2014 |
The U.S. branch of the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is facing some stiff headwinds. Gamesa USA on Monday gave notice that it will close its Western Pennsylvania plant, which manufactures giant turbine blades, and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs by the end of March. And the outlook is only slightly brighter at Gamesa's manufacturing operations in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, which opened to much fanfare in 2005. "We used to have 500 workers at Fairless Hills," said Lew Dopson, the subdistrict director for the United Steelworkers union.
September 20, 2013 |
Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish wind-turbine maker with U.S. headquarters in Trevose, said it has sold 10 of its new high-capacity turbines to its first U.S. customer, the Big Turtle Wind Farm near Harbor Beach, Mich. Gamesa said the G114-2.0 megawatt wind turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 114 meters or 374 feet, are designed to significantly increase energy output from low- and medium-wind sites. The new turbine has a 38 percent larger swept area than Gamesa's 97-meter turbine.
March 6, 2013
In the Region UGI's Greenberg retires as CEO It's official: Lon R. Greenberg, 62, who has led UGI Corp. since 1995, will retire as chief executive officer of the Valley Forge energy company on April 1. He will be succeeded by John L. Walsh, president and chief operating officer. Greenberg will remain as nonexecutive chairman on the boards of UGI and its related AmeriGas Propane Inc. and UGI Utilities Inc. The UGI board outlined the succession plan in September.
January 16, 2013
Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc., of Trevose, has secured a 10-year contract to provide operation and maintenance for the 264-megawatt NedPower Mount Storm wind-power project in West Virginia. The agreement is a renewal of a five-year contract that ends in June. Under the full-service contract, Gamesa will maintain the 132 Gamesa turbines in Grant County, W.Va., one of the largest wind farms in the eastern United States. NedPower is owned by Dominion Resources Inc. and Shell WindEnergy Inc. Gamesa did not disclose terms of the contract, which involves the employment of about six people.
September 3, 2012
In the Philadelphia region, the rebirth of the defunct U.S. Steel site in Bucks County makes the best case for winning the high-stakes gamble being played out in Congress over extending vital, government incentives for developing wind-energy systems. It's at the old Fairless Works that the Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has employed hundreds of people, and where predicted layoffs affecting 20 percent of the firm's Pennsylvania workforce would hit hard. Gamesa has grown by leaps, building wind-power equipment and wind farms that generate 40 percent of the state's wind power - all while relying on domestic suppliers for an increasingly large share of its components.
February 5, 2012 |
Wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa, a Spanish company with U.S. headquarters in Langhorne, is working with the Department of Energy to transform wind-power technology, making it cheaper and more reliable. Gamesa has sent a turbine to the department's National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado, where scientists will load it with sensors to verify how much power is produced at certain wind speeds and otherwise check the accuracy of computer models used to design the equipment. With all the instrumentation, one might compare the turbine to a heart patient, except "this is more like an athlete," said Jeroen van Dam, senior engineer at the lab. By better understanding how the turbine works, engineers can design closer to the limits, he said.
June 9, 2010
A contract agreement has been reached between wind-energy company Gamesa Technology Corp. and about 300 United Steelworkers, many of whom help build blades and other turbine components at sites in Fairless Hills and in Ebensburg, Cambria County. The four-year pact, ratified June 4, contains wage increases of 5 percent the first year and 3 percent each of the remaining years, and benefit enhancements, according to the union and the company. The collective bargaining agreement replaces a contract that expired May 31. Gamesa has a workforce of about 800 in Pennsylvania, including offices in Oxford Valley and Center City, and plans to add up to 20 people at each of its two factories, with the hiring process "only now getting underway," a spokesman said.
August 23, 2009 |
The winds of change blew across the rapidly evolving green-technology landscape earlier this year, taking with them nearly 200 jobs from Lower Bucks County. The latest generation of wind turbines needs bigger blades than the 140-foot-long, 6-ton models that Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc. has been making at its factory in Fairless Hills. So company officials announced 184 layoffs in January and said the blade work would be transferred to a larger Gamesa plant in the center of the state, near Altoona.