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Exporter award for Arizona producer of small wind generators

The producer of more than 10,000 small wind generators in 2001 has received small exporter of the year recognition from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Since 1986, Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, Arizona, has produced more than 60,000 small battery charging wind generators for applications on telecommunication towers, offshore platforms, boats, far flung homes and remote sites, such as irrigation pumps. According to Ex-Im Bank, when the small company began using the bank's credit insurance program in 1996, it also began to offer small foreign distributors open accounts that eased their cash flow and allowed them to place large orders. The decision helped spur growth at Southwest Windpower, says the company's Andrew Kruse. Export sales increased by 50% in 2001 and the company now has 50 employees and two factories. Its original factory is in Flagstaff and, in May 2000, Southwest Windpower purchased World Power Technologies of Duluth, Minnesota, which manufactures wind turbines ranging from 900 to 3000 watts.

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