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Work on the multi-million dollar Nordex facility is well underway in Jonesboro's Technology Park. In fact, phase one of the site is expected to be fully operational by fall of 2010.
"This will be a pure production facility in terms of nacelle assembly. The nacelle is a wind turbine," said Joe Brenner.
Vice President of Production Joe Brenner says a wet fall and summer--combined with a tough economy-- haven't taken the wind out of their sails.
"It's going exactly to our schedule. We have a very detailed project timeline. It spells out every detail from electrical to concrete to earthworks," said Brenner.
With this facility come hundreds of job openings--openings they are aggressively seeking to fill.
"The job variety is quite impressive. We need production people from an executive level, engineers both electrical and mechanical, logistics," said Brenner.
Brenner says this investment in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas shows commitment and a steadfast belief in the future and growth of wind energy.
"That's why we're here. We're aggressively planning for that growth. We feel the market conditions lend itself to it in the future," said Brenner.
Brenner says they're planning for the future now as they build their workforce--one Brenner has high hopes for.
"Our goal is to have the most advanced--most efficient wind turbine assembly plant in the world and our goal is to set up shop in Jonesboro and utilize the workforce," said Brenner.