Eagle Claw Fabrication LLC plans to build a 150,000 square-foot facility for the construction of wind turbine towers at the Port of Muskogee, Okla. Eagle Claw expects to create approximately 175 jobs during the first phase of the project.
Ground breaking for the $28 million wind tower facility is targeted for the third quarter of this year, and the manufacturing facility is scheduled to come online in spring 2011. Eagle Claw plans to move to full capacity late in 2011 to meet the pent-up and growing demand for new wind towers.
The site on which the facility will be built consists of approximately 47 acres and is within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Port of Muskogee. The site is adjacent to the port's railcar marshaling yard, connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad in Muskogee.
The company anticipates that its new fabrication facility will generate ancillary economic development for the city of Muskogee, Muskogee County and the state of Oklahoma by creating new high-paying manufacturing and management jobs, additional transportation and shipping activity, as well as increased income, sales and use tax revenues.
Eagle Claw will be able to acquire its basic raw materials and distribute its final product by truck, rail or barge, according to the company. At the Port of Muskogee, Eagle Claw will have access to markets that would otherwise not be accessible from an inland location.
In addition to onshore wind towers, Eagle Claw will also have capabilities to fabricate offshore wind towers and numerous other heavy tubular structures for the geothermal, tidal, solar, hydrokinetics, biomass and carbon-capture industries.
SOURCE: Oklahoma Department of Commerce