Orlando, Fla., February 20, 2012 — Siemens Energy, along with state and local public officials, and a host of community leaders, celebrated the official grand opening of the new 64,000-square-foot wind service distribution center in Woodward, Oklahoma.
With its geographic location in the heart of the wind belt, the Woodward facility will allow for reduced delivery times and greater parts availability as Siemens follows through on its strategic focus to provide superior service to its wind power customers in the U.S.
Siemens' Woodward wind service center will store and distribute main components and spare parts, including wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators, as well as tooling operations. The warehousing operation is celebrating its opening today with 14 employees, and over the next five years, Siemens expects to create up to 40 "green-collar" jobs at the facility.
More than 50 percent of the current employees are veterans of the U.S. military, with skills in logistics and materials handling, in keeping with Siemens' ongoing pledge to hire veterans across all sectors of the company.
Siemens is involved in a number of wind projects across the state of Oklahoma. The OU Spirit wind project (formerly Keenan I), developed by CPV Renewable Energy Co. and now operated by Oklahoma Gas & Electric, includes 44 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines. With the 101-MW OU Spirit wind farm, the University of Oklahoma plans to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2013.
Additionally, Siemens supplied 66 SWT-2.3-101 units to CPV's 151.8-MW Keenan II wind farm located just south of Woodward, Oklahoma, in 2010. In Dewey County, Oklahoma, Siemens provided 95 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines and three SWT-3.0-101 direct drive wind turbines for OG&E's Crossroads wind farm.
In addition to the projects in Oklahoma, the Siemens Energy Wind Service Center in Woodward will serve projects throughout the region and across the U.S.