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Siemens building American wind turbine production facility


July 19, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Siemens intends to build a new production facility for wind turbines in Hutchinson, Kansas. Initially, 400 new jobs are expected to be created in the new facility. When production commences, Siemens expects to be able to more effectively meet the demand for wind turbine equipment in North and South America.

Construction of the 300,000-sf ‘nacelle’ production facility is
scheduled to begin in August 2009. (A nacelle is mounted on top of the
tower and supports the rotor. It houses a wind turbine’s major
components for electric power generation, including the gearbox, the
drive train and the control electronics.) The nacelles to be produced
in Kansas will weigh 90 tons, and the first nacelle is expected to be
shipped December 2010. All nacelles produced in Hutchinson will be used
in the company’s 2.3MW wind turbine product family. Initially, the
factory’s planned annual output is about 650 nacelles.

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