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The wind power industry is turning to West Memphis

The West Memphis Office of Economic Development recently added the wind power industry to its list of targeted industries.

Wind power installations have seen tremendous growth in recent years, spurring enormous demand for domestic manufacturing capacity, resulting in a shift towards domestic component sourcing. The industry is on track to supply 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030 – over 30,000 megawatts have been installed to date, and another 260,000 megawatts will need to be installed by 2030. At that rate of growth, an additional 65,000 turbines will have to be installed over the next 20 years.

Along with warehouse distribution and logistics, time-sensitive manufacturing and biofuel production, serving the wind power industry is a significant growth opportunity for the West Memphis. Likewise, the Eastern Arkansas city provides wind power producers significant opportunities for strategic growth.

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Arkansas recently hosted one of only two supply chain workshops in the nation hosted by the silagra india American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the nation’s largest wind industry association. Economic Development director Ward Wimbish attended the workshop, held in Little Rock on March 24. The workshop focused on the transportation and logistics aspects of moving very large and complex components from manufacturing facilities to wind power project locations.

The complexities of moving large loads by rail, truck, barge and other means are enormous. And that’s where West Memphis comes in. The city is located between major Texas, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan markets as well as developing offshore markets in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. Manufacturers have an array of options for inbound and outbound shipping, including a city-owned deep water port on the Mississippi River, a city-owned rail spur and mainline access to 5 Class 1 rail lines – not to mention direct access to I-40 and I-55.

Four companies have already selected Arkansas for their operations: LM Windpower, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nordex and Beckmann Volmer.

West Memphis is a not-to-be-missed option for this rapidly-evolving industry for a variety of reasons above and beyond location and access. Electricity costs are 25 percent lower than other areas in the Memphis MSA market. West Memphis has a high quality workforce and businesses located there have access to unparalleled employee training through the Workforce Technology Center at Northwest Community College.

When you include incentives from the State of Arkansas specific to the wind power industry, a pro-business government and over 1,000 acres of greenfields, West Memphis is a can’t miss choice wind power manufacturing operations.


Learn more about all our targeted industries.

Ward Wimbish
Director, Economic Development
wimbish@westmemphis.com
870-732-7500





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