Wind turbine maker Siemens on Monday announced plans to build it largest U.S. wind power service distribution center in Woodward by the end of the year.
Construction is expected to begin this month on two new wind service warehousing facilities.
Siemens expects to create as many as 40 “green-collar” jobs in Woodward over the next five years, as the company continues to focus on providing increased efficiency to its wind power customers.
“Oklahoma has demonstrated a growing commitment to renewable energy development and we are delighted to become resident members of the Woodward business community,” said Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for renewables service. “The need for this large distribution facility clearly indicates the wind industry is maturing rapidly, creating new jobs and new development opportunities.
“Woodward's location in the central region of the U.S. gives us great access to our wind power customers in that area and allows us to address their distribution needs in a cost-effective and efficient time frame.”
The Woodward center — which will serve as a hub for wind components and parts, including turbine blades, driver assemblies and generators — will be the 9th facility expansion for Siemens as it builds its wind power business in the United States.
The company has more than 4,600 wind turbines installed or on order in North America, creating a considerable base for its wind service investment.
Oklahoma Gov. May Fallin hailed the news, which was announced Monday at Windpower 2011, the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference and exhibition.
“The opening of such a facility is a testimony to Oklahoma's combination of outstanding wind resources, business friendly environment and skilled workforce and education programs,” Fallin said. “As governor, my No. 1 priority is to bring more jobs and investment to the state of Oklahoma and renewable energy has tremendous potential as a source of economic growth in our state.
“The Siemens investment reinforces what we already know: Oklahoma is great place to do business.”