|The factory in Montana is to produce wind
turbines for the whole of North America |
Fuhrländer AG and
governor Brian Schweitzer announced at a press conference that the
construction of a production facility in the US state of Montana is to
start as soon as this year. In the first phase 150 jobs are to be created
in the former mining town of Butte. Governor Brian Schweitzer and Joachim
Fuhrländer, head of the company, intend to bring training and
qualification to the state.
Joachim Fuhrländer in discussion with the Governor
of Montana, Brian Schweitzer (r.).
“The establishment of this
future-oriented energy generation technology with its opportunities for
economic growth will bring progress to our state”, said Governor
Schweitzer. “Wind conditions are optimal and the production of the
multi-megawatt wind turbines from Germany offers great potential for
giving people work and perspective.” Governor Schweitzer and Fuhrländer AG
plan a total investment of 25 million US $ in the production of the FL
2500 machine housings. The innovative Fuhrländer system enjoys increasing
international popularity resulting in several hundred machines already
having been entered into the order books for the new factory at the
Siegerland airport too. Fuhrländer intends to supply the entire North
American market with wind turbines from the factory in Butte, Montana.
“Our central location provides ideal preconditions for this enterprise”,
added Governor Schweitzer. Montana was chosen from a number of possible
locations because the political support and will to establish future-proof
technology was clearly evident. “Montana gives us the best possible
preconditions for the construction of wind parks in the States”, the
governor remarked confidently. “A further 600 jobs could be created with
the establishment of a rotor blade production facility”, said Joachim
Fuhrländer, offering a further insight into the development opportunities.
With around 30,000 inhabitants, Montana’s 5th largest town
provides the right environment for recruiting and qualifying employees.
Since the closure of the gold and silver mines the region has been
suffering from a shortage of job opportunities causing many qualified
workers to migrate to other federal states. In addition to the large
production facilities Fuhrländer also plans an education and training
centre which will offer young people a career perspective in Montana.
“Because what works in Germany with our 100 apprentices will also be
viable internationally”, Fuhrländer is certain. The decision for Montana
was also taken because of the very good traffic links with other federal
states and Canada – a prerequisite for the optimum transport of the
components weighing several tonnes.