DMI to Upgrade Wind Tower Plant to 3,000 MW by 2008

DMI Industries selected the region around Tulsa, Oklahoma, for its third fully dedicated wind tower manufacturing facility. Once the plant is fully operational in early 2008, DMI’s annual combined tower production will support more than 3,000 MW of installed wind project capacity.

DMI President Lars Moller said the additional plants are a strategic response to continental and global growth in wind development. “DMI has achieved success in Canada and across the northern tier of the United States thanks to strong demand,” he said. “We plan to do the same things in Oklahoma and the south central United States that enabled that success.” Due to the Oklahoma plant’s proximity to the Port of Catoosa on the Arkansas River, which provides access to the Mississippi River, the plant will give DMI the ability to produce and deliver offshore wind towers, which are larger than their land-based counterparts. It also allows DMI to more easily ship north or south by barge to European and South American markets. “Demand for domestically produced wind towers is increasing rapidly,” Moller said. “This new plant will allow DMI to meet that demand, and with closer proximity to south central and southwestern projects, we’ll be lowering the cost of delivery to site and overall cost of wind energy development.” The Oklahoma facility is the second new plant acquisition for DMI Industries in less than three years — the company acquired in 2005 its Fort Erie, Ontario, facility, which began filling orders a year ago. DMI, which will remain based in West Fargo, North Dakota, is an operating company of Otter Tail Corporation.
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