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GE shutting down wind manufacturing in Tehachapi

General Electric will shut down the manufacturing side of its operations in Tehachapi by the end of November, impacting about 37 jobs, according to a company spokesperson.

GE communications director Lindsay Theile said in a statement the company has decided to streamline its manufacturing process for wind farms.

“When constructing a wind farm, delivering the most advanced technology at the lowest landed cost is a commitment that GE makes to our customers,” Theile stated. “Manufacturing location, component type and ease of logistics are key levers to achieving this metric.”

GE will move its Tehachapi manufacturing operations to its facility in Pensacola, Fla. The move will impact about 37 jobs, Theile said. Approximately 14 high-tech jobs will continue to be based in Tehachapi to support advanced technology testing and services.

General Electric has produced a number of wind turbine components for wind farms across California, including the Alta Vista project now owned by NRG.

She added GE continues to value Tehachapi as an important test hub for its advanced technologies.

“Our engineering and services team will continue work out of Tehachapi to test GE’s most advanced technology and service our customers’ turbines throughout the region,” Theile stated.

Ida Perkins, president of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, said it was unfortunate to see GE’s manufacturing operations leave the area.

“You don’t really want to see people lose their jobs or business leave,” Perkins said. She added that GE’s decision to continue high-tech testing and services in Tehachapi was a good thing.

Perkins called GE a good partner for the Tehachapi area.

“GE has been a supportive member of the chamber and the community,” Perkins said. “They’ve supported chamber fundraisers, volunteered and helped other nonprofits.”