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Wind-turbine company moving into Evansville plant

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A company that designs and makes wind-turbine blades says it will start its first U.S. facility at a former refrigerator plant in Evansville that Whirlpool Corp. closed last year. The business said it could employ up to 400 workers in the area by 2014.

Officials of Global Blade Technology announced Tuesday that it will lease a portion of the factory to house the company's engineering design, production and consultancy offices. Those offices could employ up to 40 people by next year.

In 2013, the Netherlands-based company plans to build an additional facility in southern Indiana to manufacture composite rotor blades for wind-turbine generators. That facility could employ up to 400 by 2014.

Evansville officials have been working to transform the factory site into an industrial park to replace the 1,100 jobs lost when Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool shut down the plant and shifted its work to Mexico.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company up to $2.8 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on its job-creation plans. The city of Evansville is receiving a federal Community Development Block Grant for purchase of capital equipment. Evansville also is offering the company tax breaks and loans.

 

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  • IndyPat
    Well let’s see here, I thought we had a wind turbine manufacture going in the building in Tipton and it is still empty, I thought a Spanish company was going to make wind turbine blades in Muncie. Now a company moving into Evansville. You have to wonder!
    Oh, and there was the firm which received $500 Billion in loan guarantees from the Obama Dept of Energy last year and declared bankruptcy a week ago. How much more do the taxpayers have to support wind energy! Remember we borrow 40 cents for every $ of federal spending.
  • Whirlpool
    Theres a miscomment there with the statement that Whirlpool went to Mexico. Some of the work went to Mexico but alot went to Tennessee where the work environment is non-union and business friendly. That blade shop will be unionized and the cost of green energy will be big green.

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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