Production underway at Nordex site

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  "I think Nordex is really going to capture the wind industry," said Nordex employee, Billy Hartsfield.

Billy Hartsfield is a member of a growing Nordex team.  A team that is now in production in Jonesboro.

"I believe it is the future and I believe the wind industry will take off," said Hartsfield.

"Everything that we conceived and put on paper is now real, so that transition has been just exciting," said Vice President of Production for Nordex USA, Joe Brenner.

Brenner says the first production crew underwent training in Germany, and now some of those trainers are here to ensure everything is being done properly.

"We have three major assemblies, we have the nacelle, the internal drive train, and also the hub. They're all moving forward," said Brenner.

Brenner says their plan is to produce 300 turbines, or 750 megawatts a year by 2013, producing enough energy to power a quarter million homes in the course of a year.

"From that point our efficiencies will increase, so if we need to accelerate we can do it through efficiencies or we have the ability to go to a second or even a third shift," said Brenner.

"I think that everyone understands this is one of the most promising and growing industries of the future.  At the same time, as I said, it also requires policy support," said Ralf Sigrist.

Nordex President and CEO Ralf Sigrist says he hopes this industry will boom in Arkansas and worldwide, and says he certainly sees the potential.

"We certainly depend, as any other energy sector, from the political support and from setting the framework," said Sigrist.

For Nordex employee Billy Hartsfield, he says he sees a very bright future for wind energy and for Nordex.

"I hope we just take off running," said Hartsfield.

For those of you wanting a chance to see the Nordex facility first hand, this Friday you will have an opportunity.  There will be a public open house at Nordex on Friday October 29th from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. in Jonesboro's Technology Park.  The address is 3100 Nordex Drive. It is formerly Cook Road.

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