Nordex gets money to help with construction

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A wind turbine manufacturing company being constructed in Jonesboro gets $500,000 to help with infrastructure.

Nordex USA, Incorporated is a wind turbine manufacturer, who is building a massive plant at the Craighead County Technology Park, will use to money to help with site improvements.

The grant money will be used for projects such as erosion control, grading, and asphalt paving. All of these must be done before building construction can begin at the site.

Nordex USA is expected to employ as many as 700 people by 2014. The company says a large scale recruiting campaign will begin in January of 2010, with hiring set to begin in the spring.

"Our entire state stands to benefit tremendously as a result of the Nordex manufacturing plant that is coming to Jonesboro," Senator Blanche Lincoln said. "These federal funds will help the city prepare to host Nordex USA's first-ever U.S. manufacturing plant, which will bring thousands of jobs and incredible new technology to the region. This plant represents a wonderful opportunity for Arkansas to continue to lead our nation in wind energy technology, helping the U.S. to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new jobs."

"Technology parks provide a launch pad for economic activity in a community.  Nordex USA, a wind turbine manufacturing company, is a perfect example of how these parks can foster new technology industries.  These federal funds will help Craighead Technology Park bring a new business and a new industry to the community, strengthening the local economy and creating the jobs of tomorrow," Pryor said.

"From a skilled workforce to abundant natural resources, Arkansas is in a position to be a leader in alternative energy technology," said Berry.  "The construction of this new facility will not only start helping us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it will also support the local economy by creating jobs."

The announcement was made Friday afternoon by Senator's Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, and by Congressman Marion Berry.

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