Wind Energy Drives Economic Growth in Iowa

Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:10 pm EDT

By:

Tony McDowell, Plant Manager, Siemens Fort Madison, Iowa

A report released today by the American Wind Energy Association confirms what we know well at Siemens’ wind turbine blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa: In addition to being a source of clean, abundant and affordable energy, wind energy also drives manufacturing jobs in the Hawkeye State.

Across the country, there are about 73,000 workers in the wind industry, with roughly 500 wind-related manufacturing sites. That includes the Siemens plant in Fort Madison.

We’re proud to be Lee County’s largest employer, with about 600 workers. In Fort Madison, we manufacture blades for wind farms across Iowa – including the largest onshore wind order to date – and around the country. We also export blades to wind projects abroad, and this year Siemens Wind Power was honored to be named Renewable Exporter of the Year.

Siemens’ factory in Fort Madison represents a strong commitment to America’s wind industry and job creation in southeast Iowa. We help drive economic activity across the region – including with our local vendors and suppliers.

AWEA’s report puts a spotlight on the positive impact the wind industry is having on Iowa’s economy – and it also highlights the economic benefits of expanding wind energy in the future.

I hope you’ll take time to read and share “A Wind Vision For New Growth in Iowa.”