Evansville to become home to wind blade manufacturer

September 13, 2011-by Arek Sarkissian in the Evansville Courier Press

Wind Turbine blades such as this will be manufactured in Evansville if all goes according to plans announced 9/13 by City officials and Global Blade Technology USA. Photo © 2011 John Blair

A windmill turbine producer will be the next company to move into the North Side factory formerly occupied by Whirlpool , Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel announced this morning.

Global Blade Technology USA will only take up about 45,000 square feet of space in the gargantuan facility that has since been renamed Park 41. It also will provide about 40 jobs, Weinzapfel said.

The announcement was a testament to the diligence, hard work and preparation the city applied to make the deal possible, Weinzapfel said during a news conference at the facility, which was attended by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The former Whirlpool refrigerator manufacturing facility was purchased by the Kunkel Group in May. Kunkel Group Vice President Chuck Harper said GBT already has indicated interest in expanding its Evansville operation to 400 workers in the near future. In its initial phase, GBT will invest $3.5 million, but its next step could bring another $40 million, he said. Go to Original


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