From KCRG-TV, “Obama to Visit Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa, Des Moines“:
President Obama will visit a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Fort Madison Tuesday and host a roundtable discussion in Ottumwa as part of his White House Main Street tour.
Obama, who visited Iowa City March 25, will be back in Iowa to talk about the economy, according to the White House. He’ll begin the Iowa leg of the tour by visiting Siemens Energy Inc. in Fort Madison shortly after noon.
Siemens recently expanded its 600,000 square foot blade manufacturing facilities in Fort Madison, which opened in 2007.
The Fort Madison plant heard good news last week with an additional assignment, reported in the Siemens release, “Siemens to supply wind turbines for E.ON’s Papalote Creek II wind farm in Texas, USA“:
E.ON has placed an order with Siemens Energy for the supply of 87 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the Papalote Creek II wind power plant in San Patricio County, Texas. With a total installed rated capacity of more than 200 megawatts (MW), the Papalote Creek II wind farm is expected to provide clean power to approximately 60,000 households.
Like so many global manufacturers, Siemens has news to report on many fronts. In March, “Siemens to push ahead with growth strategy in the U.S.“:
Siemens expands its strong presence in the United States by building a new production plant for 60-Hertz gas turbines at its existing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will create a new global production hub for gas and steam turbines and generators for supply to the U.S. and other 60-Hz markets. The initial investment will be approximately $135 million. Production is slated to start in the fall of 2011.
“Following construction of the two production plants for wind turbines in Fort Madison and Hutchinson, the decision to expand the Charlotte production hub is further proof of our commitment to the important U.S. market,” said Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens AG.
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