Wednesday, August 25, 2010

N.Y. wind turbine firm wants to manufacture in Pa.

SCRANTON -- A New York wind turbine development company says it hopes to build a manufacturing facility in northeastern Pennsylvania by next year.

Officials from WindTamer Corp. of Rochester were touring facilities in Jessup in Lackawanna County on Tuesday and planned to visit at least two Wilkes-Barre locations in the coming weeks.

Company president and CEO Bill Schmitz said officials hope to bring a facility to the area by the beginning of 2011, creating nearly 400 jobs over the next three years.

Officials say the company sees small wind turbines, those producing no more than 100 kilowatts of power, as viable for commercial, residential and agricultural growth. Schmitz says the region of northeastern Pennsylvania, "with the wind coming over the mountains, is perfect" for the industry.

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