Need for new service distribution center is a sign of maturation of the U.S. wind power industry, says Siemens Windpower. With a continued focus on providing increased efficiency to its wind power customers, Siemens Energy announced plans to build a new wind service warehousing operation in Woodward, Oklahoma. Construction of two facilities will begin May 2011 and is expected to complete by year’s end. With a total of 64,000 ft2, the combined main component, tooling and spare parts facilities will be Siemens’ largest wind power service distribution center to date in the U.S. The geographic location of the primary distribution complex will provide clients with reduced delivery time and greater parts availability, and serve as a hub for wind energy main components and parts, including wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators. Over the next five years, the company expects to create up to 40 “green-collar” jobs at the facility.
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