Environment & Energy
3:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Did Congress Kill Wind Energy Jobs in PA?

Wind farms like this one near Patton, Pa. were aided by the federal wind production tax credit, which expired in December.
Wind farms like this one near Patton, Pa. were aided by the federal wind production tax credit, which expired in December.
Credit Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

Bradley Molinick started work at Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Pa. in 2006, before the plant was even finished.

“I was offered a job right out of the interview. I started January 30, 2006.”

Almost eight years to the day that he started, he was called into a conference room for a 7 a.m. meeting. It was supposed to be a teleconference with top managers from the company. But last minute came word. Those managers had come to town for the meeting.

“They walked through the doors about 10 after 7, and introduced themselves, and said ‘Well, let’s just get right down to business.’”

They said the plant would be closing. The 60 or so who worked there would soon be out of a job.

“I felt numb,” Molinick said. “Reality set in right then.”

Read more of this story at the website of our partner The Allegheny Front.