300 jobs announced for Lawton Fort-Sill
Carter Wind Turbines announces Lawton, Oklahoma will be the site of their new wind energy company
Carter Wind Turbines (CWT), a subsidiary of Carter Wind Energy (CWE), has chosen Lawton, Oklahoma as the site for their new wind energy company. CWT will hire 300 employees over the next 5 years, with an initial investment of $ 10 million.
Lawton Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) made the announcement with business and state leaders at a press conference on Friday, April 9.
â€œAs we assessed the locations of our facilities, we were looking for long-term partnerships that matched our vision and we found it in Oklahoma and the community of Lawton,â€ said CWE President and CEO , Matt Carter. â€œOklahoma was compelling because they understand the industry, knowledgeable about energy, streamlined the site selection process, and their leadership demonstrated their commitment and interest in the project. We know we will be successful by moving here. “
â€œCreating quality jobs and investment in our community is essential and we are delighted to make this announcement today,â€ said LEDC President Brad Cooksey. â€œWe look forward to this long-term partnership as Carter Wind Turbines complements and diversifies our local economy. Lawton is committed to supporting this business from the beginning through all phases of construction and operation and for many years to come.
â€œOklahoma has again demonstrated why we are a top 10 states,â€ said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. â€œI had the opportunity to meet Matt Carter during his decision making process and it was clear that we had an aligned vision for success. We are very happy to welcome Carter Wind Turbines to Oklahoma. “
CWE evaluated several states before selecting Lawton, Oklahoma. The presence of the Fort Sill military base, an experienced workforce in Oklahoma’s energy and Careertech programs were a key factor in Lawton’s selection, knowing that potential recruits with the necessary skills are available. The positions will include assembly, technician, installation and maintenance. It is expected to start hiring this summer.
The technology developed at Lawton will be used to replace diesel fuel with wind power, particularly in remote and developing economies where 50% or more of revenue is spent on energy. The CWE wind turbine is mid-size (300 and 500 kW) and self-erecting, portable and designed for utility, distributed and micro-grid power generation applications in remote and extreme environments that are not viable with conventional wind turbine technologies. The initial target market is made up of over 160 Alaskan villages and over 350 off-grid Canadian communities. CWE recently received two grants from the US Department of Energy to continue development and improve access to affordable and reliable electricity, which translates into social and economic benefits for communities that currently do not have access to it. .
About the Lawton Economic Development Corporation
Lawton Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation promotes the Lawton Fort Sill community, business, workforce training, academic and lifestyle strengths worldwide to attract the world’s best companies, entrepreneurs and professional talent . Ultimately, the Company’s goal is to strengthen regional employment, build a base of high-value industries and dramatically improve the economic future of all who live and work in the region. www.lawtonedc.com
About Carter Wind Energy
Carter Wind Powerhas 35 years of experience in wind power and is an industry leader and pioneer in the design of two-bladed lightweight wind turbines. Carter built his first turbine in 1976, then sold his first in 1979 to the US Department of Agriculture in Bushland, Texas. This has led to the installation of several hundred turbines on the Great Plains and around the world. Their turbines were installed in the first commercial wind farm in San Gorgonio, California. (1982) and Texas (1992). Having installed more than 800 turbines around the world, accumulating millions of hours of operation, this technology has the proven potential to be a game-changer. www.carterwindenergy.com