Decade of manufacturing in Hutchinson has led to surge in U.S. renewable capacity
Kansas / 26 November 2020
The Siemens Gamesa Hutchinson facility, located in Kansas, USA, was set up in 2010 to assemble nacelles and hubs, critical components of a wind turbine. Since opening, the facility has completed nearly 5,000 nacelles, shipping to 16 U.S. states, as well as Canada, Chile and Peru. That’s enough to power more than 3.8 million homes or roughly the total number of households in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska combined.
The nacelle sits at the top of the tower and houses the electricity generating components. The hub is attached to the front of the nacelle and holds three blades, creating what is called the rotor.
“I joined this company when we had a small office in downtown Hutchinson. I watched a patch of dirt turn into a multi-million-dollar, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified facility that I’m proud to lead today,” said Doug Fulton, plant manager. Hired in March 2010 for the prospective plant, Doug is considered Hutchinson’s first employee.