Hexcel (Dublin, Calif.) announced in its July 22 second quarter earnings report that it will establish a new glass prepreg plant in the state of Colorado to support the North American wind turbine blade industry. The new plant reportedly will begin production in the second half of 2009.
Michael Bacal, a spokesperson for Hexcel, said the company is not yet prepared to identify specifically where the plant will be located in Colorado. He did say that the facility will be leased and that its prepregging operation will serve all of Hexcel's North American customers, including Vestas Wind Systems A/S, which recently opened a blade-manufacturing plant in Windsor, Colo.
Commenting on the decision, Hexcel chairman and CEO Dave Berges said, "With renewable energy targets now set in 30 states, the U.S. is expected to continue to be a strong growth market for wind turbines and we are pleased to see our customers investing in the region." Hexcel also will open a new prepreg facility in Tianjin, China later this year.
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