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Jonesboro wind-turbine plant to stop production

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 28, 2013 at 7:07 a.m.

A northeast Arkansas wind turbine factory is ending production, putting about 40 people out of work.

The $40 million Nordex USA factory in Jonesboro was announced with great fanfare in 2009, promising to eventually employ 750 people. But the company announced Friday that the production facility will close after it fills current orders.

Parent company Nordex SE says production of new orders will shift to Germany but repairs and other services will continue at the Jonesboro site.

Nordex says overcapacity in the industry and uncertainty in the U.S. market are reasons for the closure. The company also says the lack of a long-term federal production tax credit added a level of instability.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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jonorman says... June 28, 2013 at 7:41 a.m.

How many more "Green Energy" failures will occur? How many more will be funded b/4 thie Shaman or premature practice is halted? Is it good??? Probably. Is it accepted? Apparently not. Is it being shoved on us without our requests??? Obviously... Will there be new legislation to protect those private special interests that have bet the farm on it???? Certainly it will!! Is this a Great Country or what? You decide

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jjordan says... June 28, 2013 at 8:14 a.m.

Never fear. Subsidies for the healthy oil companies will continue so rest easy. The status quo will continue - we just don't need that dang clean energy mumbo jumbo. It's a great country as long as you have a stronger lobbying arm.

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mhck52 says... June 28, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.

I guess they didn't get the memo that coal will be replaced by wind and solar. Don't forget, the US still has the highest corporate tax structure world-wide.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... June 28, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

The whole liberal agenda, like ObamaCare, is fraught with stupidity. These fools come up with an idea shared only by themselves and then throw taxpayer dollars at them by the Billions until they fail. The liberals have a false plan and should be driven from power. Clean energy is not a bad idea but the liberals think they can have it today while the prudent logical approach is to lay out a plan to move in a direction and depend largely on the markets to pick the route, not the Federal (stupid) Government. Just look at the Billions of taxpayer dollars the liberal Democrats have wasted on windmills, solar panels, electric cars, a failing education system, school lunches no one will eat, etc. Remove the liberal Democrats from office before America is gone, per Obama's plan!

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Jfish says... June 28, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.

So true jjordan, let's not worry about overpopulation and cleaner energy, it won't affect us, let future generations worry about those things.

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RonalFos says... June 28, 2013 at 9:03 a.m.

Republicans are doing their best to gum up the works in all areas. Their refusal to support long-term federal production tax credits is severely injuring an industry that is critical to the long term future of the U.S. In the short term, it has just killed very good paying jobs in Jonesboro.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... June 28, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.

Did the state pay anything for this one?

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Packman says... June 28, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.

Prayers for the workers in Jonesboro who lost their jobs. Sadly, this is the kind of thing that happens when the government plays God with market dynamics.

Hey Letsberealistic - What you describe is something called "Groupthink", and you are spot on with your analysis. This libs always conveniently overlook all the things conservatives have done over the years to promote clean energy initiatives like unleaded gasoline, nuclear power, and hydroelectric dams. They also overlook how they (libs) fought things like nuclear power and hydroelectric dams tooth and toenail ostensibly due to "environmental" concerns. Hypocrisy abounds with the libs on the issue of clean energy. They always hope we aren't paying attention and have the attention span of Pee Wee Herman. And they are always wrong.

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dimebag says... June 28, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.

ronalfos, we, united states, are the most regulated country in the world. what good does it do to add to those regulations, when the other countries continue to pollute? ask the west virginia democrats how they now feel about obama and his regulations that are coming for the coal industry. obama wants stiffer regulations and costs for the US coal industry, which according to west virginia senators(D), by the way, is only causing 10% of the worlds problems. why are the US companies the only ones suffering from obama? he said he wanted to change the US, well that appears to be the only thing he has not lied about, cause he is well on his way to eliminating the US as we know it.

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GrimReaper says... June 28, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Years ago while driving through the German countryside with a native friend, I remarked about the many wind turbines dotting the countryside there. He responded that without heavy government subsidy none of them would exist since they were not economically viable as a source of power.

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