Despite the nation’s push for developing alternative energy sources, Wind Energy Corp. has closed its wind turbine manufacturing facility in Morgantown.
The shutdown means the loss of 18 jobs.
When the Elizabethtown-based company opened the facility last July, the company promised some 260 jobs within five years. The recent economic upheaval, though, has forced the company to sideline its production and focus on supporting “product enhancement,” said Wind Energy Corp. CEO Jim Fugitte.
The company has so far not been able to produce wind turbines at a profit. The company’s current plan is to concentrate on research and development, with the hope that manufacturing will resume when market funding recovers and the product has been refined.
The company will continue to operate a turbine unit in Texas.