President of the United States Barack Obama visited a Gamesa nacelle manufacturing plant in Fairless Hills, in the US state of Pennsylvania. Obama took the opportunity to speak with factory workers about how to create an economy based on clean energies in order to build a better future.
Obama’s visit to one of Gamesa’s wind power plants — his third 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 to protect the economy and consumers from rising prices of fossil fuels, such as oil.
"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," he added. Matthys highlighted Gamesa’s recent opening of the its offshore Wind Power Technology Center in the USA. At the Center, Gamesa will work in partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines, aiming to help meet the rising demand for sustainable, clean energy.
Gamesa, whose manufacturing presence in the US dates to 2005, owns two plants in Pennsylvania and employs more than 900 people in the US.
The US, one of the company’s strategic wind farm markets, accounted for 28% of Gamesa’s total wind turbines sales in 2010. The company envisages non-stop growth in both its presence and business volumes in the US: indeed, its targets call for annual average sales growth of 15% in the US in the period spanning 2009 through 2013.