German and US expansion

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Danish-German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex GmbH is busy expanding both its production facilities and its marketing outlets. From its new factory at Rostock on the north German coast the company last month shipped eight 1.3 MW N60 turbines to the northeast United States. Next month it will open an American subsidiary in Grand Prairie, Texas, near Dallas.

"We needed the new facilities in Rostock for machines of this size because we were bursting at the seams at our old workshops in Rerik," says Nordex managing director Thomas Tschiesche. In 1999, turnover and incoming orders increased by 130% to DEM 300 million and DEM 414 million, respectively, he reports. The company sold 107 N60 machines last year.

The first eight turbines made at Rostock are headed for a site near the town of Garrett in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The Green Mountain Wind Farm project, due for completion in May, is owned by and American National Wind Power (ANWP), a subsidiary of UK company National Wind Power, part of UK power company National Power.

In Texas the company has hired a 34-year-old attorney, John Fedorko, as director of operations for Nordex USA Inc. Nordex, which has supplied a 20 MW wind farm to the Palm Springs area, hopes to take advantage of its US location to stay on top of the Texas market, as well as getting a foothold in the Central American market, according to the company's Jens Pedersen.

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