The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department announced today that Nordic Windpower USA will to move its headquarters and wind turbine assembly operation to Kansas City International Airport. Nordic is a technology developer and manufacturer of two-bladed wind turbines for the rapidly expanding wind-generated electrical power market. The move brings more than 200 green industry jobs to Kansas City.
Nordic Windpower is a privately-held company with corporate headquarters in Berkeley, California, and its assembly facility in Pocatello, Idaho. The company plans to relocate its headquarters to a location to the Ambassador Building at KCI near the airport and production and assembly operations to an existing location on the airport. The company will eventually move to a new building at the KCI Intermodal Business Centre intermodal park on airport property.
In 2008, site preparation work began on Phase I of the 800-acre KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre, a multi-use development that is being managed by Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. When completed, Phase I will offer infrastructure to support approximately seven buildings offering nearly 2.7 million square feet of commercial space suitable for intermodal distribution and logistics as well as light manufacturing. Phase II calls for extension of infrastructure to a contiguous 400 acres with frontage along two runways at KCI, making this area well suited for the development of air cargo facilities, manufacturing, assembly, industrial and commercial distribution space.
?Bringing Nordic Windpower USA onboard as a tenant is in synch with our objective of attracting compatible industries to KCI Airport, said Mark VanLoh, director of the Aviation Department. ?By having a mix of aviation-related and non aviation-related businesses at KCI, Kansas City?s job portfolio is diversified much like an investment portfolio. The resulting revenue lowers costs for airlines and can translate to lower fares for travelers.?
As a result of local leaders? commitment to get Kansas Citians back to work, the Aviation Department and its partners have already had a series of economic development successes, including some at the former American Airlines overhaul base. Frontier Airlines and Jet Midwest are conducting work in previously reverted narrow-body hangars and other buildings. Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. is assembling environmentally-friendly electric trucks at the facility.
In 2007, the Aviation Department acquired the Ambassador Building at KCI (formerly the world headquarters of Farmland Industries), which offers 260,000 square feet of Class A office space located on a 23-acre campus adjacent to KCI. At just six percent occupancy upon acquisition, the building is now at 65 percent occupancy with more than a dozen tenants employing hundreds.
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