Plant in central Kansas to produce more wind turbines

June 10, 2019 - 7:37 am

A Spanish renewable energy company's plant in central Kansas is upping its capacity to manufacture wind turbines.

The Hutchinson News reports that the Siemens Gamesa plant in Hutchinson could primarily make one type of turbine three years ago. The plant soon will be producing five.

Plant Manager Danilo Bezerra says the company's newest product, a 4.5-megawatt wind turbine nacelle, will go into full production by spring 2020.

Bezerra says the newest turbine is larger and about 50% more complex than the plant's other offerings. It's also so heavy that the plant has to manufacture and ship the turbine in several parts.

He says the plant expects to hire up to 35 more people once the new turbine is in production. The plant currently employs about 280 full-time workers on the manufacturing line.

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