GE Renewable Energy is to recruit 250 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. The new workers will be in place by Q1 2021
GE said the expanded workforce “will allow LM Wind Power to answer industry demand.”
Opened in April 2018, the factory currently has more than 300 employees, 34% of whom are women and was the first wind turbine blade manufacturing site in France.
The facility produced the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade, the 107-m long blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine.
In 2019, two blades were shipped to testing facilities, and three were assembled for the Haliade-X validation unit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Cherbourg site has now started commercial production.
GE’s site director Henrik Ravn said, “Cherbourg is the world’s first and only factory to produce a blade longer than 100 m. It is a great milestone for the wind industry, but also an outstanding achievement for our workforce.”
LM Wind is mainly looking to expand its production workforce but is also looking for supervisors, quality controllers, logistics operators and maintenance technicians.