Schuff plans Kansas plant to make wind towers

Schuff Steel Co. will build a plant in Ottawa, Kan., to produce towers for wind turbines.

The Phoenix company said it plans a 200,000-square-foot plant at the site of its existing steel plant in Ottawa. In a release, Schuff said the new plant could employ 200 to 250 when it is operating at full capacity.

The announcement is a bit of a windfall for Kansas. Early last year, the company said it had picked a location in Bismark, N.D., to build the wind tower plant. Schuff said in January 2010 that it had qualified for a $7 million tax credit as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Bismarck plant.

But the company’s most recent release cited "changing market conditions" and a location "central to the wind belt" as reasons for changing the project site to Ottawa.

The wind power business is picking up in the region. Siemens opened a plant in December in Hutchinson to produce nacelles for wind turbines.

Read more in the Phoenix Business Journal.

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