Nova Scotia

Trenton's mayor hopes new operator can be found for wind tower plant

Glen MacKinnon wants another company to buy the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd. wind tower manufacturing plant and set up shop in the town.

Glen MacKinnon says the DSME Trenton Ltd. plant's equipment should be in good condition

The plant run by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. announced on Friday that it was going into receivership. (CBC)

The mayor of Trenton, N.S., is eager to find a new company to take over the Daewoo wind tower manufacturing plant in his town.  

The plant run by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. announced on Friday that it was going into receivership. 

"It will allow for a brand new owner coming in to do, to build whatever they wish to," mayor Glen MacKinnon told Information Morning. "Anything to do with bending metal."  

At its height, the plant employed 200 people but that number has dwindled to 19 workers who were operating the plant in maintenance mode. 

MacKinnon said that means the plant's equipment is in good condition waiting for a new operator. 

"They have all the machinery down there, some beautiful, there's enough structures down there that are in great shape. There's a lot of hardware down there that's state of the art," he said. 

A receiver will be assigned by the court in the next few weeks MacKinnon said. Once that's done he hopes a new company will buy the plant.

That process could take several months.  

"The receiver will reach out to the companies that have interest and that in the plant and see whether or not we can move on." 

Plant closure was no shock 

The plant's closure was no surprise to people in Trenton, according to MacKinnon.

He said as orders for wind towers dropped off and workers started getting cut, it was easy to see the plant was in trouble. 

In the beginning, the company had hoped to get business building wind towers for markets in Ontario, Maine and down the entire Eastern Seaboard, but that didn't happen. 

"The province of Ontario put in a 40 per cent local content law into place right after they opened the plant down here. Which resulted in basically, the plant down here not being able to compete for wind towers in their province, so that was a large hit," said MacKinnon.  

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