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Thursday, October 07, 2010


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Richard, true there has been a softness in the wind industry market that has impacted the wind component companies in Newton and the rest of Iowa. However, as you mention there is hope on the horizon evidenced by a number of factors--potential new 60 turbine wind field going up in Greene county and perhaps another at the corner of Marshall and Jasper counties. Fortunately in Iowa there really is not much NIMBY discussions about the turbines on the horizon. It seems that most of the state gets that this is our future on so many different levels!

Other good news is that TPI (wind blade manufacturer) is again approaching the 500 employment mark after having to retool and readjust with the market softness. Trinity (tower manufacturer) also continues to do well and expand its customer base. So there is indeed hope for the market and more manufacturing jobs.

Now, if we could just get the Federal gov't to act on the bio-fuel tax credit, we could get all of our biodiesel plants up and at full capacity again!!!

Finally, looks like a great conference in Cleveland and good choice on having Rob Denson facilitate the conversation on community colleges. As Tom Peters said yesterday at our IA Advanced Manufacturing Conference at the DMACC Ankeny campus, the community college system is one of our key weapons in keeping the US globally competitive!

Kim Didier
Executive Director
Iowa Innovation Gateway

In my opinion, there are no cons of using solar power. Its an organic process of obtaining energy from light. The physical components of a solar powered machines, such as slewing drives, panels, etc. are all manufactured under strict guidelines which help maintain the overall 'clean' essence.

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