Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas announces Arkansas wind turbine plant

The $100 million plant will employ 400 people and construction will begin in early 2011.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA, Lake Mary, Fla., USA) announced on Oct. 15 its intent to build a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Ark. USA. MPSA plans to invest approximately $100 million in the project, which could employ as many as 400 people.  

“We are very excited to announce today the future MPSA wind turbine manufacturing site in Fort Smith, Arkansas,” said Koji Hasegawa, president and CEO of MPSA. “After an intensive site selection process conducted during the last 15 months, we concluded that Fort Smith, Arkansas, offers the most attractive site and community support for building and operating our wind turbine plant. We are very thankful for the excellent support provided to us by Governor Mike Beebe, Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, Congressman John Boozman, Maria Haley and her Economic Development staff and the entire Arkansas delegation. Additionally, we are also very impressed with Arkansas’s commitment to the renewable energy industry. With the establishment of this wind turbine manufacturing plant, we are also planning to expand our component sourcing in the U.S. so as to shorten our supply chain”

MPSA intends to locate its wind turbine manufacturing plant in a new 200,000 sq-ft/18,600 sq-m facility at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, occupying 90 acres. The company plans on beginning construction by early 2011. MPSA currently has more than 4,500 wind turbines in operation worldwide, and more than 3,000 wind turbines in the U.S.