He serves as a county consultant and operates a private firm, Pine View Consultants.
Gamesa said in July that the plant would close during December to be retrofitted. It was to be back in operation in January.
Budash said the company is looking for land to store the huge blades and rail sites for shipment, including a siding near Mine 33 and a staging area around Cresson.
“In the past, there were downturns in the steel and coal industries. You have these peaks and valleys,” he said.
Stevens discussed the effects of the furlough.
“In the short term, a lot of people are impacted by Gamesa’s work-force reduction,” he said.
“Not only does it hurt the families of these employees, but there is a spinoff in the economy as well.”
The Gamesa plant in Ebensburg was made possible through $9.3 million in state assistance.
When plans were announced to build the factory in 2005, Rendell said the plant was one of the most significant economic development announcements in decades in the Johnstown area. He said it represented a significant turnaround, with Pennsylvania luring high-paying manufacturing jobs from overseas.