GE shuts down former Alstom wind turbine facility in Brazil

General Electric has opted to shut down a manufacturing facility that produces towers for wind turbines in Brazil.

The Rio Grande do Sul facility was previously owned by Alstom who were acquired by GE last year, and employed 80 people.
GE is the biggest turbine maker in North America, and typically buys towers from outside suppliers instead of making them in-house. Closing the Brazil plant will continue that strategy, according to Bloomberg.

“While GE moves forward on the integration process with Alstom, GE identified a synergy for wind towers, which will keep being produced by suppliers in Brazil,” the company said in an e-mailed statement Friday.

The decision follows the debut of GE Renewable Energy, a unit created in November after GE completed the acquisition of Alstom’s energy business. The move expanded GE’s wind energy business, growing its global portfolio to more than 30,000 turbines worldwide.

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