GRI Renewable Industries, the industrial wind division of Gonvarri Steel Industries, plans to open a new wind tower plant in Amarillo, Texas.
The Amarillo Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is partnering with the Office of the Governor to provide state and local support for the facility. Amarillo proponents note that GRI selected the location over potential sites in Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. A grant offer from the Texas Enterprise Fund for $1.85 million has been extended to GRI.
The investment is secured by the Amarillo EDC, and the plan is expected to be submitted to the city council on June 30.
The plant is expected to employ approximately 300 and will be able to supply the U.S. market with approximately 400 wind towers per year. The facility is expected to be fully operational in late 2016.