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Ft. Madison Factory Gets Largest Wind Turbine Order

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It's being described as the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world, and much of the work is being done at a factory in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Siemens Energy was chosen to build 448 new wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy Company. The blades will be built in Fort Madison and the rest of the components in Kansas. It means 500 workers at the Iowa plant will be busy for at least the next ten months.

It's part of the utility company's plan to build $1.9 billion worth of additional wind energy in the state. Once complete, the new wind projects will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 317,000 Iowa homes.

According to Siemens, in 2012, wind energy was, for the first time ever, the number one source of new electricity generation capacity. Since 2005, the wind industry has brought more than $105 billion of private investment into the economy.

The Fort Madison, Iowa, plant was built seven years ago on the site of a closed tractor-trailer manufacturing business.