Nordex USA, Inc., a Germany-based manufacturer of wind turbines, has opened its new North American headquarters in Chicago.
With global headquarters in Germany, Nordex is one of the fastest growing wind turbine producers in the world, currently employing 2,200 people. It is spezialized in large-scale, multi-megawatt turbines. Nordex recently recorded a fourth consecutive year of over 50% sales growth.
“Nordex sees the US as one of the biggest growth markets for wind energy in the world,” said Ralf Sigrist, Nordex President and Chief Executive Officer. “That’s why in addition to setting up operations in Chicago, we will also manufacture our turbines here.”
In October of 2008, Nordex also announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Ark. The company will invest approximately $100 million in the factory, which will employ more than 700 people in Arkansas and around 100 people in Chicago by 2015.
It will manufacture every component of a wind turbine except the tower, with a target annual assembly capacity of 750 MW. Construction is slated to begin this year, with production planned for 2010.
SOURCE: Nordex USA Inc.
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