GESTAMP—Business official: Cheyenne wind tower plant should open next year
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June 18, 2012

A $40 million wind tower manufacturing plant is back on track to open south of Cheyenne next year, according to Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen.

The planned facility, co-owned by Spanish-based steel company Corporacion Gestamp and Ohio-based Worthington Industries, had been on hiatus since late last year, as the companies claimed uncertainty about federal and state taxes and transmission projects.

Jensen’s announcement at Thursday’s Joint Minerals Committee in Riverton comes as a number of companies are moving ahead with new transmission lines and wind farms in the state, including a 1,000-turbine Carbon County wind farm under development by a subsidiary of Denver-based Anschutz Corp.

The planned 30-acre plant was announced with great fanfare in 2011 as Wyoming’s first-ever wind energy manufacturing facility. Officials said at the time that the plant would create about 150 jobs.