It’s been busy month and a time for celebration in the Siemens Fort Madison blade facility. On March 23, employees gathered throughout the day to mark their 15,000th blade milestone, celebrate ten years of production at the facility and the recent production startup of the 59 meter blade. This is the fifth blade type produced in the Fort Madison.
A celebratory meal of barbecued chicken and pork was cooked onsite by local catering favorite, Fat Jimmy's. Garlic mashed potatoes, veggies and a dessert made the meal complete. The management team served employees from all three shifts, beginning at 5:30 a.m. for third shift, continuing at noon for first shift employees and wrapping up with the evening meal for 2nd shift at 5:30 p.m. A slide show featuring photos from the past 10 years played on the TV screens as employees enjoyed their meals.
Caption for photo: From early morning to early evening, Fort Madison managers made sure employees enjoyed their celebration meal!
Two weeks later, the employees gathered to celebrate the April 3 completion of the Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa merger. Employees from 90 countries around the globe celebrated the formation of the new wind power house, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Read details of the merger here.
Plant manager, Tony McDowell, had this to say, “Fort Madison has met so many challenges in our ten year history, and the support of Lee County and area communities has been a critical component in our success. From the creation of a supply chain, growing a skilled workforce and developing the transportation infrastructure necessary to ship our product, it’s been an incredible journey. We’re grateful for the past ten years and we’re excited to continue the journey into the future.”