Plant officials at Siemens Wind Energy in Hutchinson say new orders will help the company avoid more layoffs for now.
The plant recently received orders to supply parts for wind farms being built in Southern California and Chile.
Siemens announced in September that it was cutting 60 percent of its Hutchinson workforce. The layoffs were completed this week, leaving the plant with 150 workers.
It once had more than 400 employees. Siemens also laid off 570 people at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant and 62 others around the country.
The company Siemens will lay off around 150 workers at their facility in Hutchinson.
The plant builds parts for wind turbines. The company blames a slowdown in wind turbine orders.
Siemens officials say uncertainty about a federal tax credit has slowed new wind power development, so they’re selling fewer wind turbines.
The credit helps pay for installing wind turbines, and it’s set to expire at the end of this year.
The company also says more natural gas power plants and the economy have slowed sales.