A contract agreement has been reached between wind-energy company Gamesa Technology Corp. and about 300 United Steelworkers, many of whom help build blades and other turbine components at sites in Fairless Hills and in Ebensburg, Cambria County.

The four-year pact, ratified June 4, contains wage increases of 5 percent the first year and 3 percent each of the remaining years, and benefit enhancements, according to the union and the company.

The collective bargaining agreement replaces a contract that expired May 31.

Gamesa has a workforce of about 800 in Pennsylvania, including offices in Oxford Valley and Center City, and plans to add up to 20 people at each of its two factories, with the hiring process "only now getting underway," a spokesman said.

The new contract covers 308 workers, including some who help handle logistics.    - Maria Panaritis