German conglomerate Siemens AG said Tuesday it will build a wind turbine production plant in Kansas, expanding its presence in the U.S. and employing 400 workershe Munich-based company’s renewable energy unit said it plans to start

construction of the 30,000-square foot facility in Hutchinson by

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August, with production to start later next year

The nacelle production plant will average 650 units a year when production gets under way.

The 90-ton nacelle is mounted on top of a tower and supports the rotors of the wind turbine. It houses components for electric power generation, including the gearbox, the drive train and control electronics.

“The United States already is and will continue to be one of the world’s fastest growing wind energy markets,” Siemens

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Siemens already operates a rotor blade plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, that opened in 2007.

“By

expanding our investment in Kansas, we are strengthening our presence

in the U.S. and, at the same time, we are increasing the proximity to

our U.S. customers,” said Rene Umlauft, chief executive of Siemens

Energy’s Renewable Energy Division.

Siemens wind power business employs more than 5,500 workers and has operations in Denmark and Colorado.

Shares of Siemens were down more than 1 percent to euro52.16 ($72.94) in Frankfurt trading.

Sources: Forbes

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