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World’s Largest Wind Project Rises in Mojave Desert

Ground was broken this week in the Mojave Desert near Los Angeles for the Alta Wind project -- expected to become the world’s largest wind energy site, with nearly 600 turbines capable of producing 1,550MW of electricity when completed, with the potential to be doubled, according to developer Terra-Gen Power LLC of New York City. The currently funded first five phases will produce 720MW, according to a comp ...

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Airport Cities Take Center Stage at ACED

Airport cities rapidly are becoming a central part of regional economic development strategies across the world. These airport hubs will be the focus of an upcoming event organized by Insight Media called “Aviation–The Catalyst for Economic Development” (ACED). The ACED Conference & Exhibition, co-located with the 16th World Route Development Forum (World Routes), will take place September 20-21, 2010 a ...

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Blade Dynamics Plans LA Turbine Plant

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced that Blade Dynamics will manufacture advanced wind turbine blades and wind turbine components at the Michoud Assembly Facility, or MAF, in New Orleans. Blade Dynamics has committed to create 600 new, direct jobs by 2015 at an average annual salary of about $48,000, plus benefits, as well as a capital investment of approximately $13 million. LED estimates the new, di ...

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Supermetal Puts Plant in York County, SC

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and York County have announced that Supermetal Structures will locate its new manufacturing plant in York County. The $6.6 million investment is expected to generate at least 125 new jobs. “The addition of a fabrication plant in the United States is a major coup for Supermetal.  From now on we can include American content in our bids for government contracts.  We wi ...

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Caterpillar Invests $150 M in TX Plant

Caterpillar Inc. plans to invest $150 million to build a manufacturing plant in Victoria, TX that will create 500 jobs when it's fully operational. The Victoria Economic Development Corp. will provide $5.5 million in incentives to have the equipment giant become the primary tenant at the 320-acre Lone Tree Business Center. Caterpillar Inc. will take over the entire park, which has been largely vacant for al ...

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Biomet Will Expand Indiana Plant

Medical device maker Biomet Inc. will expand operations at its base in the northern Indiana city of Warsaw and create 278 jobs by the end of 2012. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced the expansion, saying Biomet plans to invest $26 million in the project by expanding its headquarters and research and development operations and upgrading equipment. The company also will transfer some manufacturi ...

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Viper Motorcycle Relocates to Alabama

Viper Motorcycle Company has announced plans to begin manufacturing motorcycles in Auburn, AL. The company will move its operations from Hopkins, MN to Auburn as soon as possible with full production beginning in 2011. A new facility in Auburn Technology Park West will become the new headquarters and production facility for Viper. Company officials expect the creation of 100 new jobs in Auburn over the next ...

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They’ll Be Back

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably thought he was taking a well-deserved break from California’s endless budget crisis when he agreed to film a cameo in Sylvester Stallone’s new action movie, The Expendables. The Governator’s brief star turn comes at the beginning of Stallone’s new opus, which features an all-star cast of aging action heroes and has been met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception by film ...

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USW, China Power Players Ink Wind-Energy Parts Deal

In what is being hailed as a major victory for U.S. manufacturing, two of China’s leading power generation companies have agreed to use U.S.-made components to build a $1.5-billion wind farm in Texas after two U.S. senators and several major unions protested that the original project plan would have sent 2,000 jobs overseas. The United Steelworkers (USW) announced it has cut the landmark deal with A-Power E ...

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Michelin Expansion Moves Ahead in NC

Stanly County and two towns will offer Michelin $900,000 in incentives for the promise of adding 70 jobs to the company’s aircraft tire plant just outside of Norwood. Michelin plans to spend $11 million to expand its aircraft tire retreading operation and add the jobs to the plant’s work force of 320. Kevin Gullette, executive director of the Stanly County Economic Development Commission says the tire compa ...

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