WOODWARD — Wind turbine maker Siemens celebrated the opening of its new wind service center in Woodward on Thursday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and two of its biggest customers.
The 64,000-square-foot parts warehouse has been open since December, about six months after Fallin joined the company at a wind industry trade show in California last year to announce plans for the facility.
“We are just thrilled that you have chosen Oklahoma,” Fallin said Thursday.
Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for Renewables Service, said Woodward offered the company an ideal geographical location in the middle of the “wind belt.”
Woodward's production facility will provide parts and tools for technicians working on wind farms throughout the Midwest, from Texas to Wisconsin. It stocks “everything from bolts to gear boxes to blades,” an official said.
“In my opinion, it's the ideal place to be,” Holt said.
Officials in Woodward are thrilled to have Siemens too.
The company moved into a building that had been constructed more than a decade ago by the Woodward Industrial Foundation in an effort to lure new business to the community.
“We ended up with the perfect company,” Chairman Alan Case said.
He said Siemens, one of the 50 largest companies in the world, is one of the “most sought after corporate partners for any community.”