Nordex To Start Building Arkansas Wind Turbine Production Plant

Nordex USA Inc. will begin construction this week on its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The announcement comes after a decision by the supervisory board of the parent company, Nordex AG.

Construction will take place in two phases, beginning with the nacelle assembly plant and followed by a rotor blade manufacturing facility at the same location. Nacelle assembly will begin ramping up in the second half of 2010, operating at full scale by 2012 with an annual production capacity of 300 turbines, or 750 megawatts.

The nacelle plant will be built on 187 acres in the Craighead Technology Park and 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 plant represents a total investment of US $100 million, with approximately $40 million allocated to the nacelle plant and the remainder to the rotor blade facility. The facility is set to directly employ up to 700 skilled workers and other staff by 2014, the company said.

“After much careful planning, we are eager to break ground and make the plant a reality,” said Ralf Sigrist, president and CEO of Nordex USA. “The plant is critical to our goal of generating 20% of global revenue in the U.S., and I must say I am extremely pleased that construction will begin on schedule.”

Nordex has hired the construction firm, H&M Company Inc. of Jackson, Tennessee, which will dedicate between 250 and 300 workers to the construction project. The entire facility, including rotor blade production, will be fully operational by 2014.

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