Phoenix-based Schuff Steel Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Schuff International Inc., continues to actively pursue the possible construction of a new wind tower manufacturing plant in North Dakota.
‘Wind tower manufacturing appears to be very synergistic with our core business of steel fabrication and erection,’ says Dennis Randall, executive vice president of Schuff's Midwest division. ‘We also feel that this new venture would require construction of a dedicated plant in close proximity to developing markets.’
After considering a number of sites, Schuff selected Bismarck, N.D., as the location for the potential plant. Plans call for the construction of a 200,000 square-foot facility on 70 acres, capable of producing hundreds of towers annually. Schuff anticipates potential employment levels of 250 to 300 people once at full capacity.
While there are a number of significant issues yet to be resolved, including project financing and finalizing customer orders, Schuff hopes to begin construction of this facility sometime within the year.
Schuff's proposed plant in North Dakota was selected to receive a federal tax credit as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Section 48C clean energy manufacturing tax credit.
SOURCE: Schuff International Inc.