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NY plant owner to build giant wind turbines

GENEVA — A hair-care company says it’s spending about $7 million to build two giant wind turbines at its manufacturing plant in upstate New York.

Zotos International Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese cosmetics maker Shiseido Co., broke ground Friday on what the American Wind Energy Association calls the largest on-site, wind energy project by any U.S. manufacturer.

Its factory in the Finger Lakes city of Geneva employs 670 full-time and part-time workers making hair-care and personal-styling products.

Zotos says $2.1 million of the cost is covered by the federal stimulus grant program. It expects the 350-foot-tall turbines to be built by year-end and generate about 70 percent of its power needs in Geneva.

Zotos was founded in 1929 as a maker of hair dyes.