Wind turbine maker Siemens celebrated the opening of its new wind service center in Woodward on Thursday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and two of its biggest customers.
“We are just thrilled that you have chosen Oklahoma,” Fallin said Thursday. (Via NewsOK)
Govornor Fallin promised the Siemens executives in attendance that "you won't find a finer community that will support your mission, your effort to be here, to stand by your side and appreciate your investments and your jobs than this community, along with all of Northwest Oklahoma and the whole state of Oklahoma."
Pete Delaney, CEO of OG&E, also spoke on Oklahoma's supportive business environment.
"This is a great state for doing business," Delaney said. "No other state has such a powerful private and public partnership and collaboration. So to Siemens welcome to that collaboration."
Sean Finnerty, senior vice president of renewable development for Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), agreed that "Oklahoma is a great place to do business," but added "Woodward is a really great place to do business."
Finnerty said CPV looks forward to continuing to develop its business partnership with Woodward as well as with Siemens, which will only be enhanced by having the new service distribution center close at hand in Woodward.
Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for Renewables Service, said the energy company chose Woodward precisely because of its "great community support" as well as its "central location that makes it close to our customers so we can deliver parts and tools in a timely and cost efficient manner." (Via WoodwardNews)
City officials expect big economic impact from Siemens
Woodward Industrial Foundation President LaVern Phillips said Siemens will have a “diversification of economy” in Woodward.
“This will help move the community (of Woodward) into the future by creating additional jobs,” Phillips said.
Woodward Industrial Foundation Chair Alan Case agreed.
“Probably within the next 5 years, they (Siemens) will have 40 to 50 good paying jobs,” Case said.
Phillips said Siemens being located in Woodward was due to the hard work of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce, the City of Woodward and city commissioners, the county and county commissioners and High Plains Technology Center.
Watch video from the opening celebration: