Dutch Cable Company Draka To Locate First U.S. Assembly Facility In Kansas

Draka, a global manufacturer of wire and cable, has announced plans to locate its first U.S. cable assembly venture for wind in Hutchinson, Kan., where the company will supply the Siemens nacelle facility. The announcement makes Draka the first supplier to choose Kansas specifically to supply the Siemens facility.

Draka will occupy an existing building and plans to begin operations Dec. 6. The company will create between five and 10 new jobs, with plans to double employment within a year.

‘When Siemens chose Kansas for the company's new wind nacelle production facility in spring 2009, we knew it wouldn't be long before suppliers began coming to Kansas to supply the facility,’ says Lt. Gov. Troy Findley, D-Kan. ‘We're excited that Draka has chosen to locate here, and we're optimistic that they are just the first of many suppliers that will locate near Hutchinson to supply the Siemens plant.’

With global headquarters in Holland and U.S. corporate offices in Massachusetts, Draka develops, engineers, manufactures and sells cable solutions. Draka is the main supplier of cable for Siemens Wind in Denmark.

SOURCE: Kansas Department of Commerce

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