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Gamesa eyes transitioning from truck to rail transport

Wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa Inc. is looking for a way to haul its huge blades out by rail, minimizing truck transport. Company spokesman Michael Peck said Friday no decisions have been made as to where a rail link could be made, but said the closer to the Ebensburg plant the better.

EBENSBURG - Wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa Inc. is looking for a way to haul its huge blades out by rail, minimizing truck transport.

Company spokesman Michael Peck said Friday no decisions have been made as to where a rail link could be made, but said the closer to the Ebensburg plant the better. He said a Gamesa plant in Fairless Hills, outside Philadelphia, also would be seeking train transport near that factory.

"We're in total exploration and analysis mode on transitioning ourselves from truck transport to rail transport," Peck said.

He said Spain-based Gamesa ships its turbines by rail throughout Western Europe.

Train transport is more efficient, leaves less of a carbon footprint and is more economical, Peck said.

At this stage, Gamesa is talking to both rail and truck haulers.

Peck said the company also needs banks to lend more money so the turbine business can pick up.

He offered no timetable for Gamesa to call back workers temporarily laid off at the Ebensburg plant.

EBENSBURG - Wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa Inc. is looking for a way to haul its huge blades out by rail, minimizing truck transport.

Company spokesman Michael Peck said Friday no decisions have been made as to where a rail link could be made, but said the closer to the Ebensburg plant the better. He said a Gamesa plant in Fairless Hills, outside Philadelphia, also would be seeking train transport near that factory.

"We're in total exploration and analysis mode on transitioning ourselves from truck transport to rail transport," Peck said.

He said Spain-based Gamesa ships its turbines by rail throughout Western Europe.

Train transport is more efficient, leaves less of a carbon footprint and is more economical, Peck said.

At this stage, Gamesa is talking to both rail and truck haulers.

Peck said the company also needs banks to lend more money so the turbine business can pick up.

He offered no timetable for Gamesa to call back workers temporarily laid off at the Ebensburg plant.


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JAN 23 2010
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