Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Growing Green Economy in Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas' green economy is growing. Last year, Dutch company LM Glasfiber announced the planned construction of a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Little Rock AR. The temporary facility currently employs about 500 people while the company will eventually employ more than 1000 green collar workers once construction is completed on the new facility. The Little Rock facility serves as the company's North American headquarters.

Last week, it was announced two more companies in the wind energy industry would began manufacturing activities in Little Rock: Polymarin Composites, another Dutch company, and its supplier Wind Water Technology. Polymarin Composites manufactures blades while Wind Water Technology manufactures blade motors. They will co-locate in a converted Levi Strauss factory and will create a combined 830 new green collar jobs for central Arkansas.

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