TRENTON - DSTN has had to lay off employees as it wraps up a 10-wind tower order for Eastern Kings County in Prince Edward Island.
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Pictured are portions of wind towers being moved to the yard at DSTN in preparation for shipment to Eastern Kings County. That job is now wrapping up and temporary layoffs have resulted.
“The company is, regretfully, in a position where temporary layoffs have been required,” Scott Covey, spokesperson for the company said Wednesday.
While he said it’s against company policy to say how many people were laid off, they have about 90 skilled employees still working at the Trenton facility.
He said they are confident the affected employees will be able to return to work in the near future.
“DSTN continues to work on its diversification plan and has been reaching out to a number of companies throughout the world with its focus remaining on the wind and oil and gas sectors,” he said. “Everyone within the company is eagerly awaiting a decision on the South Canoe Wind Project near Windsor, Nova Scotia, which is expected in November of this year.”
The company is continuing fabrication on four 30,000 USG pressure vessels which will bring the total number of pressure vessels fabricated in the Trenton facility to six.
The Province of Nova Scotia invested $60 million in the former rail car manufacturing plant in March 2010. Almost all of the funds are repayable, and the province received a 49 per cent equity stake in the operation.
The province predicted that 500 people would be employed at the plant within three years, but it has never reached that level.
The local wind turbine tower manufacturing plant was a hot topic in the legislature last year when opposition MLAs questioned if the province’s $60 million investment was worthwhile.