Wind tower manufacturer seeks buyer or production could cease

Katana Summit, a wind tower manufacturer with facilities in Nebraska and Washington, on Sept. 11 said it is seeking a buyer for its operations. If no buyer can be found, the company’s manufacturing facilities both in Columbus, Neb., and Ephrata, Wash., will likely be closed, the company said in a press release.

Employees at both manufacturing plants were notified of the decision and will continue working to complete existing contracts.

“It’s unfortunate that the gridlock in Washington D.C. has prevented the extension of the Production Tax Credit. Despite support from both parties, it seems that the PTC extension has become a political football in an election year and jobs are being lost because of it. I hope we can find a buyer to keep these plants operating but unless government policy for renewable energy becomes more stable I’m afraid we’ll see more closures and job losses in the industry into 2013,” said  Kevin Strudthoff, president and CEO of Katana Summit.

Katana Summit currently employs 214 people in Nebraska and 79 in Washington.

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