Monday, October 27, 2008

Wind: Nordex to Build $100 Million Plant, employ 700 in Arkansas

From the Fayetteville Morning News:
A wind turbine manufacturer announced Friday it will employ 700 people at a $100 million plant it plans to build in Jonesboro.

German-based Nordex USA Inc. said it plans to begin production in January 2010 on every component of a wind turbine except the tower.

Employees will earn an average of $17 an hour working in a new plant to be built on 187 acres in the Craighead Technology Park, the company said....MORE
If I recall correctly, major blade maker LM Glasfiber began operations in Arkansas last year amid accusations that the wages actually offered were lower than those promised when the deal was negotiated. I can't find the link but here's an Oct. 25 help-wanted ad:
LM Glasfiber is the world's leading manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines.



Starting at $12.13 per hour 12 Hours - Weekend Shift
The Nordex announcement follows the news (relayed by the Climate and Energy Project blog) of another European wind company setting up shop in Arkansas:

Additional 830 wind manufacturing jobs coming to Arkansas ( Quotable:

Polymarin Composites, an international wind turbine blade manufacturer, will locate a new North American factory at the old Levi’s plant in Little Rock. In addition, Wind Water Technology, a supplier to Polymarin, will locate in the same facility. All told, 830 jobs averaging $15 per hour will be hired over the next four years. The two companies will invest $20 million to upgrade the closed Levi’s facility.

Congressional renewal of a production tax credit for alternative energy as part of last week’s $700 billion federal economic rescue package was a factor for the decision to locate in the U.S. Little Rock is also the North American headquarters of another major wind turbine blade maker, LM Glasfiber.