Gestamp Renewables and the Worthington Energy Group, a subsidiary of Worthington Industries Inc., will build a wind tower manufacturing facility in Cheyenne, Wyo., under a joint venture called Gestamp Worthington Wind Steel LLC.
The 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will be established on 30 acres of land in the Cheyenne Logistics Hub at Swan Ranch. The company anticipates hiring 150 local employees and investing nearly $40 million on the construction of the facility, land improvements and equipment.
The company plans to manufacture more than 300 wind towers per year to be used primarily in wind farms within the state of Wyoming. The tower sections will be used with 2 MW to 3 MW turbines.
Gestamp Worthington considered several states for the location of its North American tower manufacturing facility. The Wyoming Business Council worked with local Wyoming economic development organizations to help the company evaluate various locations in the state.
‘We looked at several locations and considered all of the aspects of logistics, business costs, workforce and regional market projections,’ says Ralph Roberts, president of the Worthington Global Group. ‘Wyoming was at the top of the list.’
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring, and the joint venture anticipates beginning shipments of 80 ft. to 100 ft. long tower sections for wind turbines in the first quarter of 2012.
SOURCE: Wyoming Business Council