25 March 2007
25 March 2007
Knight & Carver has officially opened its wind-blade manufacturing and repair facility in Howard, South Dakota.
Built on a 7.2 acre site in the Howard Industrial Park, the 26,000 square foot facility will serve as the company’s prime blade headquarters. The company is expected to employ as many as 25 full-time employees in 2007, with plans to expand to 50 employees within the first two years.
“This is a significant milestone for our company,” said Sampson A. Brown, president/CEO of Knight & Carver. “We are very grateful to the many South Dakota and Miner County officials who have provided such generous incentives. We’re confident that South Dakota’s workforce and favourable business climate will allow us to provide better service at a lower cost to our current and future customers throughout the Midwest.”
Howard is located in the southeast region of South Dakota, some 100 miles west of Sioux Falls, S.D. The plant’s Industrial Production Manager is Larry Person.
Brown specifically praised the diligent efforts of South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and his staff, the State of South Dakota’s business development team and Miner County Community Revitalization (MCCR) for their generous support and encouragement through the new-build process. Construction on the project began in August 2006.
With economic incentives provided by the State of South Dakota, the Miner County Community Revitalization (MCCR) and Heartland Consumer Power District, Knight & Carver Wind Blade Division leases and operates the facility under terms of a five-year lease.