TPI to reopen Mexico blade plant

Arizona-based blade manufacturer TPI Composites will reopen its plant in Mexico to serve the North American wind-power market, the company said.

The plant in Ciudad Juarez previously operated under the VienTek banner as a joint venture between TPI and Mitsubishi Power Systems.

It operated for about a decade from 2002 before closing. It will reopen as a fully-owned venture of TPI, which also operates factories in China and Turkey and claims GE and Mitsubishi among its customer base.

TPI said its Newton, Iowa operation will continue to primarily serve the US Midwest. “The Mexico plant’s location is ideally situated to deliver blades by truck and rail to the western US and Mexico markets.”

Wayne Monie, TPI’s chief operating officer, said: “The skills and the blade manufacturing knowledge of the roughly 600 former employees that we are rehiring will be fully utilised during the restart.”