No new ND wind tower factory, KS picked instead

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A steel manufacturing company says it will not build a new plant in North Dakota to build wind turbine towers.

Schuff Steel says it intends to put up the new factory in Ottawa, in northeastern Kansas. It already has an Ottawa plant that makes structural steel for high-rise buildings.

The company qualified a year ago for $7.1 million in tax credits for the Bismarck project. It had picked a location at Bismarck's Northern Plains Commerce Centre for its factory.

A company statement says "changing market conditions" prompted the switch to Kansas. It plans to build a new 200,000-square-foot plant and hire as many as 250 workers. The plant will make steel towers for wind turbines.

Schuff Steel is based in Phoenix. It's part of Schuff International Inc.