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Nordex begins production at Arkansas plant

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Plant Openings

Norderstedt (euro adhoc) - Jonesboro, 4 October 2010. Today marks the official start of production at

Nordex´s  newly  built  wind  turbine  manufacturing  plant  in  Jonesboro,
    Arkansas. The plant´s first production crew will go to  work  this  morning
    assembling a wind turbine nacelle, which houses the engine  and  other  key
    components and sits high atop the turbine tower.


    "Two years ago, we announced our intention to make Nordex wind turbines  in
    the US, for the US," said Ralf Sigrist, President and CEO  of  Nordex  USA,
    Inc. "Today we´re putting our hands to the metal  and  doing  it.  We  hope
    Congress will do the  same,"  he  added,  "by  finally  passing  meaningful
    renewable energy legislation."


    The  first  Jonesboro  production  crew,  hired  earlier  this  year,  just
    completed a 10-week intensive training program at Nordex´s  flagship  plant
    in Rostock, Germany. Training will  continue  during  the  early  phase  of
    production, with the team´s German counterparts now taking up residence  in
    Jonesboro for several months to work alongside their new colleagues.


    "There´s no way to  do  this  without  international  exchange,"  said  Joe
    Brenner,  Vice  President  of  Production  for  Nordex.  "Wind  energy  has
    tremendous potential in the US, but it´s  about  more  than  just  creating
    green jobs. We have to transfer expertise in order to build a wind industry
    workforce. Nordex is investing in such a workforce and bringing the  needed
    skills to America."


    Nordex broke ground on its manufacturing plant last  September,  completing
    construction in July of this year. The company has hired 150  employees  in
    the US to date, including 42 in Jonesboro, and has plans to  employ  up  to
    1000 nationally over four to five years. About  80%  of  the  workforce  in
    Jonesboro are locals. Construction on  a  second  facility  for  assembling
    rotor blades is also planned for the future.


    Press information
    Nordex will hold a Grand Opening ceremony celebrating the completion of the
    plant and the start of production on Friday,  October  29.  The  public  is
    invited to an Open House at 4:00 pm, when progress on the work begun  today
    will be on display. For further details, please check  the  Nordex  website
    closer to the date at www.nordex-online.com.


    For downloadable images, please visit the webpage for this press release on
    the Nordex website at www.nordex-online.com.


    Nordex - a profile
    As a technological leader among  suppliers  of  megawatt  turbines,  Nordex
    benefits particularly  from  the  global  trend  towards  large-scale  wind
    turbines. The product range includes one of the largest series  wind  power
    systems in the world (N80/N90/N100, 2,500 kW)  with  more  1,300  of  these
    turbines having been produced to date. This means that Nordex has a crucial
    edge in terms of experience in operating large turbines compared to most of
    its competitors in the sector. Overall, Nordex has installed  a  more  than
    4,200 turbines with a capacity in excess of 6,000 MW around the world. With
    exports accounting for over 95 percent of its business, Nordex also  has  a
    strong position in  international  high-growth  regions.  The  company  has
    offices and subsidiaries in 18 countries. In total, the Group employs  more
    than 2,400 people worldwide. 

 

US press contact:
    CNC - Communications & Network Consulting (US) Inc.
    Felice Ahn
    Phone: +1 (212) 207-3182, Mobile: +1 (917) 916-6468
    Email: Felice.Ahn@cnc-communications.com 
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