- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A strike by dockworkers on the West Coast is having an impact on some workers in Hutchinson.

Siemens Wind Energy furloughed 60 employees on Wednesday because parts needed to build wind turbine nacelles at the plant are stuck in ships off the West Coast.

A Siemens spokesperson told The Hutchinson News (https://bit.ly/1LiuZfz ) in an email that Siemens is assessing the situation daily and doing what it can to procure parts from other Siemens factories.

The Siemens plant had been at full production for months, employing about 360 full-time workers and contract workers. The Siemens statement said the company would get back to full production as soon as possible.

Nacelles hold the wind turbine’s generating components, such as the generator, gearbox, drive train and brake assembly.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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