“Newton, [Kan.] was a logical choice for our manufacturing facilities,” said Drew Thacker, founder and CEO. “Newton has a strong local workforce with the right skill sets, as well as good logistical support, including rail, barge and highway access. Those were key factors in our decision, as our product lines will ship worldwide.”
Gov. Sam Brownback said New Millenium will add to an “emerging wind energy development cluster in Kansas.” The plant will also tap into state incentives for companies to locate or expand operations there.
New Millennium, a Colorado firm formed in 2009, plans to spend up to $30 million at the plant, start operations in 2012 with about 70 workers and expand to more than 350 over four years.
It will market lightweight turbines that can be installed on rooftops of commercial buildings such as big-box retailers, each generating 20 to 60 kilowatts of electricity.
The Kansas Logistics Park where it will build is between Interstates 135 and 35, has access to Watco short line railroads and two cross-country rail lines, and has a cooperative agreement with Tulsa, Okla.’s Port of Catoosa for inland access to barge transportation.
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