Why WINDPOWER is in Atlanta
The Southeast is an important resource for the wind industry as a hub for wind energy suppliers and distributors.
Atlanta: A Hub For Supply Chain Management
Ranking fourth in the nation among cities with the most FORTUNE 500 Headquarters, according to the May 3, 2010 FORTUNE magazine, Atlanta is the hub of activity in the Southeast. The host of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has twenty-seven FORTUNE 1,000 company headquarters, of which twelve are among the FORTUNE 500.
Metro Atlanta is the business and distribution center of the Southeast - with the nation's fifth-largest concentration of supply chain employment and 103,000+ jobs. Supply chain giants here include: Delta Air Lines, Manhattan Associates, Norfolk Southern, UPS, the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech. Atlanta's global access, innovation, and talent create an unparalleled logistics network that could produce an important link in the wind industry supply chain helping to supply demand, streamline efficiency, predictability, and consistency for wind project development in the United States.
The Southeast As A Wind Industry Hub
The Southeast United States is emerging as a hub for making turbines and their parts. North and South Carolina have at least 30 wind-related manufacturing plants, including a major turbine factory in Greenville, S.C., and fiberglass factories in Shelby and Lexington, N.C. Florida boasts another 14 such facilities, while Arkansas has nine — five in business and four in development — that are forecast to employ 2,900 people once they're all online. Another 34 plants are located in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, where some 1,200 to 3,000 jobs are directly or indirectly supported by the wind industry.
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