Arkansas, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Nordex USA Inc., held a groundbreaking celebration last week at the construction site of its US $100 million manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas. At the event, management presented details on plans to hire 700 people by 2014.
The first phase of construction began at the 187-acre site in Craighead Technology Park in late July. Production is scheduled to begin in mid 2010.
“We expect to be producing up to 300 wind turbines a year by 2014,” said Joe Brenner, VP of production for Nordex in Jonesboro. “It will take a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce of around 700 people to make that happen. Right now we have five people and a construction zone. So we’re looking at a strong ramp-up and an aggressive recruiting and training program.”
Hiring will span somewhere in the neighborhood of four years. Nordex plans to locally employ close to 100 people by the end of 2010, as it begins ramping up nacelle assembly, in the areas of operations, office support, supply management, production engineering, quality assurance and more.
Recruiting will begin in January followed by hiring in the spring. The nacelle workforce will gradually reach up to 240 people as the plant approaches full capacity over the next two and a half years.
The Jonesboro operation will be an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) producing one of the largest classes of wind turbines in the world, the 2.5 megawatt N90 and N100. The $40 million nacelle assembly plant will have 115,000 square feet of production space, 10,000 square feet for a Training Academy and 35,000 square feet of office space.
The $60 million rotor blade facility is then expected to begin production in late 2012. Heating and cooling at the plant will be powered entirely by geothermal energy.