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Statement by Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Today's Grand Opening of the Nordex Manufacturing Facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas

October 29, 2010 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on today's grand opening of the Nordex wind turbine manufacturing facility in Jonesboro. The facility was supported with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus.

"Today's grand opening in Jonesboro is a sign of what's possible as we invest in the country's growing clean energy manufacturing sector," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "By bringing together investments from the public and private sector, the Recovery Act helped move this project forward, creating new jobs in Arkansas and strengthening America's economic competitiveness."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Under the Recovery Act, Nordex USA, Inc. received a tax credit for $22.2 million to assist in the creation of a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The 150,000 square foot manufacturing plant is a world-class production facility will build components for 2.5 megawatt wind turbines that belong to Nordex's third generation turbine - the Gamma generation. The total planned investment for the site is $100 million, with further manufacturing capacity to be added in a second phase in line with market conditions.

Production began earlier this month, and the first assembled nacelle - the part of the turbine that sits above the tower and houses the engine and other key turbine components - was on display at today's event.

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