Wind Energy Facility Important for Local Economy

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders said today he was pleased to hear that Siemens Energy plans to open a wind service distribution center in Woodward.

The Siemens Energy wind service distribution center will serve as a hub for wind energy main components and parts, including wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators. Construction will begin this month and is projected to be complete by the end of 2011.

“I am excited at the economic opportunities this large new facility will create for Western Oklahoma,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “Although wind energy will not be able to replace the oil and gas industry, it is a growing sector of the energy market and I for one am proud that Western Oklahoma will play an important role in that market.”

The announcement was made by Governor Mary Fallin and executives from Siemens Energy at the American Wind Energy Association annual tradeshow and convention in Anaheim, Calif. The tradeshow hosts more than 20,000 wind industry leaders, government officials and business executives.

“It was a great event to make the announcement and I hope it caught the attention of other business executives who were in attendance,” Sanders said.

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. Over the next five years, the company expects to create up to 40 “green-collar” jobs at the facility.

“Western Oklahoma is one of only a number of places in the U.S. with such potential for wind energy,” Sanders said. “Our state has a very business-friendly climate and I think that has also contributed to the governor’s success in attracting this large wind energy company to build here. I could not be more excited.”

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