Global decline in natural gas turbine demand hits Siemens

first_imgGlobal decline in natural gas turbine demand hits Siemens FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:German engineering firm Siemens plans to dismiss about 200 workers at a gas turbines parts and components service center in Houston, Texas, next year due to weaker global demand, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.The Texas operation will close between late 2019 and 2020, according to the spokesman, who called the decision “difficult.”In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Siemens also pointed to overcapacity within its network.Siemens said in September that it would cut 2,900 jobs in Germany to boost the competitiveness of its Power and Gas and Process Industries divisions.Along with turbine competitors General Electric and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Siemens has faced oversupply and declining sales as demand for gas turbines has plunged.More: Siemens to shut Texas turbines service facility, dismiss workerslast_img read more

Outdoor equipment arrives at area parks

first_imgUnincorporated Azusa’s Dalton Park has some unusual new playground pieces: an elliptical cross-trainer, a chest press, an “air walker plus” and other free gym equipment. The outdoor gym machines appeared at five county parks in recent months, and county Supervisor Gloria Molina announced this week that these “Fitness Zones” will be installed at five more San Gabriel Valley locations next year. Of course, “it is a little pricey,” Molina said. Her office contributed $125,000 toward the $200,000 cost of the first five Fitness Zones. The equipment prices ranged from $673 for a sit-up board to $3,081 for a two-person shoulder press. “Because they are outside, they have to withstand a little more wear and tear, just like playground equipment,” Molina said. “So it is pricey, but it’s a lot cheaper than people having to buy it individually.” Similar equipment is also at San Angelo Park in Avocado Heights, at Sunshine Park in East Valinda and two parks in East Los Angeles. The next five Fitness Zones will be installed by July, with one in Lashbrook Park in El Monte, and two each at the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale and at Whittier Narrows County Regional Parks, according to Molina’s office. TPL received $50,000 from Kaiser Permanente to develop the first five Fitness Zones, and TPL chipped in $25,000 of their own funds. The $200,000 total went toward installation, construction management, signs, staff time and, of course, equipment. TPL bought $90,000 worth of equipment from TriActive America, one of the very few manufacturers of outdoor gym equipment, said Helen O’Shea, TPL’s Fitness Zones project manager. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe project was managed by The Trust for Public Land, a land conservation nonprofit. The idea is to create new exercise options in existing parks, said TPL spokeswoman Nicole Lampe. “There are a lot of places for kids to get active, and we wanted to add a way for their parents to get active,” Lampe said. “We’re choosing parks based on population density and lack of access to physical activity, so places where there aren’t a lot of gyms, or where the average income level means a lot of folks wouldn’t have a gym membership,” Lampe said. Dalton Park features nine pieces of equipment with 13 exercise stations. Strength-training equipment works the legs, chest and arms, with resistance provided by the exerciser’s body weight. Pull-up bars and a sit-up board are also part of the package. Four pieces of cardio equipment complete the zone, but the elliptical, the two swing-like “air walkers” and the rowing-motion “rider” offer no resistance. last_img read more