Wind Factory Watch: Global Blade Technology: Indiana

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) joined executives from GBT USA, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of wind turbine blades, recently to announce the company’s plans to open a facility in Evansville, Ind., and create up to 400 new jobs by 2014.

The clean technology company, a subsidiary of Global Blade Technology, will lease and equip 45,000 square feet of space. The new office and manufacturing facility will house the company’s engineering design and consultancy offices and the production lines of wind blades, molds and tooling. In 2013, the company plans to build an additional facility in southern Indiana to manufacture composite rotor blades for wind turbine generators. The company projects investment of $17.6 million for leasing, construction and equipment costs at the two facilities.


“Indiana has been the nation’s fastest-growing wind power state, and it is now being reflected in the arrival of great supplier companies like GBT,” said Daniels. “We are thrilled to have earned the business of this outstanding international company.”


Indiana increased its installed wind capacity tenfold in 2009 and 2010, becoming one of the fastest growing states for wind power. With 2.4 percent of the state’s power provided by wind last year, Indiana is ranked 12th in the country for most installed wind power capacity, all of it in the last few years. It is estimated that the wind power industry created up to 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Hoosier state in 2010.

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