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Germany-based Siemens Power Generation has recently selected Fort Madison, Iowa, for its U.S. wind turbine blade-manufacturing site to better meet the demand for wind power generators.

The facility will be established in an existing 20,000 square-meter building complex in Lee County, which is located in the southeastern side of the state. Since the site is so close to water, rail and road transportation options, it is ideal for wind turbine blade manufacturing, the company says. It is expected to employ an estimated 250 people.

"This will be Siemens' first blade factory in the U.S. and will further expand the capacities of our worldwide manufacturing network," says Randy Zwirn, Siemens Power Generation's president and chief executive officer.

The first blades to be manufactured at the new facility will be for the company's 2.3 MW wind turbines. Series production of rotor blades for wind turbines is scheduled to start in the first half of 2007, the company adds.

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