Obama visits Gamesa, wind energy company

President Obama will discuss energy policies during a town hall meeting with Gamesa employees on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 1:30PM.

Obama’s visit to one of Gamesa’s wind turbines plants — his second visit in recent years, and his first as President of the United States — comes within the framework of a campaign to outline his energy plan. The plan is designed to diversify the country’s energy mix and ensure a cleaner and safer energy model for the future.

"We are pleased to host President Obama’s town hall meeting to discuss energy policies," said Dirk Matthys, Chairman and CEO, Gamesa North America. "We believe his selection of our North American nacelles plant is fitting as Gamesa continues to build its leadership position in wind energy technology in the United States. Gamesa’s recent opening of the Offshore Wind Technology Center is but one example of our commitment to playing a key part in energy in the United States. At the Center, Gamesa will work in partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines that will be deployed in the United States and around the world, aiming to help meet the rising demand for sustainable, clean energy."

With more than 15 years’ experience, Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines, with more than 21,000 MW installed in 30 countries on four continents. The company is a global benchmark in the market for the development, construction and sale of wind farm plants, with more than 4,100 MW installed and a wind farm portfolio totaling 22,000 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, America and Asia.

With 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States, China and India, and 4,400 MW of annual manufacturing capacity, Gamesa has an international workforce of more than 7,200 people. Gamesa started U.S. operations in 2005, with two manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, and Gamesa currently employs 900 people in North America.