Goldwind considers Montana for manufacturing site

UNITED STATES: Chinese turbine manufacturer Goldwind is considering building a factory in Montana, as part of its aim to expand globally.

Goldwind USA has confirmed senior executives are planning to visit the state at the request of Montana senator Max Baucus. The company says Montana is one of several states under consideration.

Baucus announced Goldwind’s planned visit after meeting executives at the company’s headquarters outside Beijing.

Goldwind USA CEO Tim Rosenzweig said: "I applaud the Senator and his staff for their commitment to creating opportunity in our sector and we are delighted to visit the state to learn more first-hand."

Earlier this year Goldwind said it expects to start assembly of hubs and nacelles in the US by next year. The company has said Ohio is one of the states under consideration.

In recent weeks Goldwind has raised $917 million from an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange . It has stated that a large proportion of the money raised will be dedicated to its international expansion plans.

Goldwind is aiming to achieve a third of sales in overseas markets.

Butte, Montana is the North American manufacturing base for German manufacturer Führlander AG, which employs 150 people there.