A global manufacturer of wire and cable is opening a facility in Hutchinson, Kan., to supply a company that will build parts for wind turbines.
Draka, which has its headquarters in Holland and is the third largest manufacturer of cable in Europe, said it will occupy an existing building in Hutchinson which will initially house 5 to 10 employees with plans to double the number within a year.
Draka will supply the Siemens–owned plant which is also in Hutchinson. That wind energy facility is scheduled to have its grand opening next month.
In November 2009, Siemens began construction on a nacelle manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, KS. A nacelle is the part of the wind turbine that houses the gearbox, drive train and control electronics on wind turbines.
The first 90-ton nacelle is slated for shipping from the wind power factory in December 2010. This manufacturing plant in Hutchinson will represent the first major wind turbine equipment factories in Kansas.