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FIRST ON 3: Alstom to add 60 workers at turbine plant

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Alstom, the energy equipment manufacturing company, plans to add over 60 positions at the Chattanooga turbine facility.

Some of the positions have already been filled, and are a mixture of permanent, contract and entry-level positions, according to Fallon McLoughlin, Alstom's Media Relations Officer.

After the 2011 earthquake and tsumani in Japan damaged the  Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, orders for nuclear-driven turbines slumped.

But the resurgence of natural gas-fueled power generation has brought in new orders for turbine manufacturing, which is fueling Alstom’s additional job needs.

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Alstom website states the company produces the world’s largest turbines for fossil steam, nuclear, and gas power plants.

Earlier in 2014, Alstom furloughed 255 workers at the company’s boiler operations, a separate division of the company.

In April, General Electric was said to be in discussions to purchase Alstom, which would prove to be a rare example of a major French company being taken over by a U.S. Rival.
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