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DANES START MANUFACTURE IN MINNESOTA

The first Micon 600 kW to be made in the US is about to come off the production line of Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc (HMI) in Hutchinson, Minnesota. HMI, a custom metal fabricator, is in partnership with Micon US, a subsidiary of Micon Denmark. Manufacture of the turbine puts Minnesota on the map as one of the few states in the US hosting a wind turbine supplier.

An open day was held at HMI on March 14 to introduce the turbine to the public. The company's Tom Daggett says the 600 kW is the first effort in what HMI expects will be a long relationship with Micon. "We're looking forward to pursuing the tremendous opportunities for growth together," he adds.

The partnership will not only create jobs in Hutchinson, but also elsewhere in Minnesota where the turbine's towers and blades are expected to be built. Micon set up its US subsidiary in Marshall in September 1994, believing that it was important to make turbines locally and not just export them to the US. In this way it can avoid such complications as currency rate fluctuations, high shipping costs and import duty fees.

HMI is a family owned business in operation since 1953 producing a variety of metal manufacturing services at its 72,000 square foot facility. The firm employs 140 and its annual sales were $11 million in 1994.

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