Ground broken for new Beckman-Volmer plant

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - With Governor Mike Beebe and other officials in attendance, the symbolic first shovelfuls of dirt for the new Beckmann-Volmer plant was turned in Osceola.

It has been nearly a year and a half since the company made the announcement about the plant opening in Osceola. The company will make the turbine frames and other components that are used in Jonesboro by Wind Turbine Manufacturer Nordex.  The plant itself has actually been under construction since July.

Initially, company officials said they would be hiring around 80 - 100 workers for the first phase. Bernd Volmer the Managing Director for the company says that with anticipated growth toward off-shore wind plants there would be an increase in plant size and work staff.

Volmer, "In 2104 we'll start with the offshore wind business and then we'll hire the next 200 employees and invest the 7 million." There is plenty of land for the company to expand it's facility.

Volmer says Arkansas is rapidly becoming a wind generating factory center. Volmer says that there are many new customers for their products either in state now or coming here.

Volmer, "It's an opportunity to invest more to build more facility here and to have Nordex and Mitsubishi and other customers like L.M. here in Arkansas."

Governor Mike Beebe helped throw the symbolic first shovelfuls of dirt, then in his remarks says credit goes to the schools in the state and Mississippi county that are  training  tomorrow's workers.

Beebe, "We in Arkansas are committed in every aspect in business and industry in providing that quality workforce."

The plant is scheduled for completion late this year and should be up and running in February of 2012.