Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA) has broken ground on a $100 million wind turbine nacelle manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Ark., crediting a coalition of elected officials and the region's business community for creating the environment that allowed them to site the facility in this location.
MPSA's Arkansas Wind Turbine Assembly Plant will be the company's first nacelle manufacturing plant located outside of Japan. The 200,000 square-foot facility is expected to create approximately 330 jobs and be operational by fall 2011.
‘This ground-breaking ceremony marks Mitsubishi's arrival in Arkansas,’ says Gov. Mike Beebe, D-Ark. ‘This means immediate construction jobs for Fort Smith and the long-term addition of high-quality renewable energy jobs.’
MPSA conducted a national survey to determine where its plant should be located, according to James Williams, Mitsubishi's vice president of manufacturing, adding that geography, infrastructure and transportation logistics were factors that were considered.
‘But most important, we looked at work ethic,’ he says. ‘We looked for a part of the country where manufacturing isn't some lost art. Where elected officials recognize the value of job creation and new investment, and where they are enthusiastic about working closely with business to create progress.’
SOURCE: Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc.