“We were just notified this morning that the facility is closing down for the last two weeks of this year. That’s not a great thing to hear around Christmas.”
Those are the words of Henry Redding (pictured below on the left), a furloughed wind industry worker from Hanover, Pennsylvania. Redding spoke with several other industry employees recently who’ve been laid off or furloughed due to the uncertain fate of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC).
Redding said his factory has lost almost 200 jobs in the past year, and that’s why he and many other workers came to Washington, DC, this week to meet with members of Congress about the importance of renewing the PTC before it expires on December 31.
“It’s essential that Congress pass the wind production tax credit — we need to preserve the manufacturing industry and we need jobs,” said Redding.
“We can’t afford to let manufacturing jobs go away anymore. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, this is about working families,” said Bernat.
With the release of “Pass the PTC” ads nationally and all over one Washington, D.C., Metro subway station, a Wind Week of action in mid-November, and more, we are demanding Congress pass the PTC to save jobs, create new American-made jobs, and keep the wind industry moving forward.
“This has had a significant ‘trickle-down’ effect on our community,” said Brad Molinick, a Quality Technician at the Gamesa wind turbine manufacturing facility in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.
“Our facility has no orders at all for 2013, and if this doesn’t pass, we’re expecting another 92 layoffs by March 1.”
The wind industry workers also emphasized how critical it is for Congress to extend the PTC for more than just one year. All said that the manufacturing at their facilities requires anywhere from 12-18 months to just start up again, especially if new products or designs come to fruition.
“We need a three to five-year commitment on the PTC,” said Molinick.