The text below is an excerpt from a speech I delivered at the grand opening ceremony of the Nordex nacelle manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas on October 29th. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Senator Blanche Lin-coln addressed the audience, and Representative Marion Berry was in attendance. Newly-hired and trained members of the nacelle production crew spoke about their experiences on the job so far. Nordex has hired 54 people in Jonesboro so far and expects to reach almost 70 by the end of 2010. Total hiring potential for Nordex production in Jonesboro is about 700.