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May 23, 2011

Siemens bringing wind service distribution center to Woodward

Woodward, Okla. — The Germany-based Siemens Energy has announced plans for implementation of new wind service warehousing operations in Woodward.

Siemens has already been utilizing a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Woodward's industrial park by the airport, but will now expand to utilize another 52,000 sq. ft. facility, according to Woodward Industrial Foundation President LaVern Phillips.

According to a Siemens press release, "with a total of 64,000 square feet, the combined main component, tooling and spare parts facilities will be Siemens' largest wind power service distribution center to date in the U.S."

Phillips said the expansion is part of efforts by Siemens to centralize their service operations for more than 250 of their wind turbines which are already in service or are in the process of being installed in the area.

"In the past, wind farms such as OU Spirit, Crossroads and Keenan 2, which all use Siemens turbines, would just stockpile parts at each location," Phillips said.

But once construction is finished to renovate the interior of the 2 buildings at the Woodward industrial park, he said Siemens will be able to "centralize those parts and have one place from which they can send out parts to all locations."

These parts would include wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators, according to the press release.

In addition to wind farms in Northwest Oklahoma, the distribution center would also service Siemens customers in Western Texas, said Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for renewables service.

Holt said the service region would stretch all the way to the Amarillo area and could even include "any additional installations in New Mexico" that might come in the future.

Currently though, the Woodward distribution center will service "roughly 500 to 600 turbines" in Oklahoma and Western Texas, Holt said.

"Woodward's location in the central region of the U.S. gives us great access to our wind power customers in that area and allows us to address their distribution needs in a cost-effective and efficient timeframe," Holt said in the press release.

When placing distribution centers, Siemens looks for locations where they can "get parts and tools to sites in 8 to 10 hours," he told The News in a short phone interview Monday afternoon.

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