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Siemens' Wind Unit to Create Green Jobs In Oklahoma
Construction of two facilities will begin this month and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. With a total of 64,000 square feet, the combined main component, tooling and spare parts facilities will be Siemens' largest wind power service distribution center to date in the U.S.
The geographic location of the primary distribution complex will provide customers with reduced delivery time and greater parts availability, and serve as a hub for wind energy main components and parts, including wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators. Over the next five years, the company expects to create up to 40 green jobs at the facility.
"Oklahoma has demonstrated a growing commitment to renewable energy development and we are delighted to become resident members of the Woodward business community," said Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for Renewables Service. "The need for this large distribution facility clearly indicates the wind industry is maturing rapidly, creating new jobs and new development opportunities. Woodward's location in the central region of the U.S. gives us great access to our wind power customers in that area and allows us to address their distribution needs in a cost-effective and efficient timeframe."
In 2005, Siemens had one employee working in wind power in the U.S. and now has over 1,500, including 450 service employees. Over the course of the next three years, Siemens' wind service is expected to increase to over 1,500 people, illustrating the dramatic and continuing growth of its wind power business. There are more than 4,600 Siemens wind turbines installed or on order in North America, thus creating a considerable base for the company's wind service investment.
Siemens has made significant strides to grow its presence in the wind energy industry in the U.S. and now enjoys a number two position in the market in terms of installed capacity. The Woodward center marks the ninth facility expansion related to Siemens' wind power business in the U.S. Others include the company's recently-opened new nacelle assembly plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, a service center in Houston, Texas, an R&D center in Boulder, Colorado, two gearbox factories in Elgin, Illinois, an offshore office in Boston, Massachusetts, and the company's Americas headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
Siemens has installed wind turbines with a combined capacity of more than 4,200 MW in the U.S., which is enough to supply power to more than 1.25 million homes.
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