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WindStream furloughs all workers

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NORTH VERNON, Ind. — While approximately 30 employees of an North Vernon wind turbine manufacturer in North Vernon have been furloughed, the president of WindStream Technologies said he expects to recall those workers within a month.

During his Monday night appearance before the North Vernon City Council, Dan Bates said he wanted to dispel rumors that WindStream had gone out of business in Jennings County.

Bates confirmed that all employees at the North Vernon facility, salaried and hourly, have been laid-off without pay. But he insists all will be recalled.

“Those North Vernon citizens who unfortunately had to be furloughed? I’m gonna bring them back,” Bates told the council. “I’m going to be bringing more of them back, because we have a lot of volume in the pipeline.”

According to Bates, the problems leading to the temporary plant shutdown began in early August when a brake on the company’s TurboMill micro-wind energy system was discovered to be defective. Shipments were stopped at that time while engineers worked to solve the problem.

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