Jyväskylä, Finland Moventas, a wind gear manufacturer, is boosting its assembly capacity in US with a new facility in Portland, Oregon, that should be serving the company’s growing market in the United States by the end of 2010.
The investment marks a major step towards global manufacturing and assembly for Moventas, which currently concentrates its gear manufacturing in Jyväskylä in Finland, says the company.
The investment will expand the company’s existing wind gear assembly in Portland, with an initial goal of 200MW, or 100 to 150 mid-sized wind turbine gears per year.
‘We will also continue with preparations for building up even larger capacity in the Midwest area,’ said Jukka Jäämaa, Moventas CEO & president.
But he added that key wind gear components will continue to be manufactured at Jyväskylä.
States in the Midwest have wooed wind-related manufacturers, offering incentives as well as a trained workforce and wind potential.
The new facilities are intended to bring assembly and testing closer to Moventas’ customers. The Finland-based company already has gear service facilities in North America in Greenville (SC), Big Spring (TX), Portland (OR) and Cambridge (Ontario, Canada).