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Helena Independent Record
by: Rhyno Stinchfield
September 9, 2011

Wind power progress offers vision of Montana opportunity

Recently, in Ames, Iowa, Republican presidential candidates met for the traditional “Straw Poll” that signals the beginning of the upcoming election. Like many Montanans, many Iowans tend to be conservative, common sense people who are focused on making a living off their land. Iowa, like Montana, depends upon exporting its agricultural goods to other states and countries.

These candidates — such as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Thaddeus McCotter — met at TPI Composites to place their signatures on a 130-foot wind turbine blade that the company manufactures. TPI employs over 700 workers who produce these blades in a state that, similar to Montana, has a great wind resource. By attracting both the presence of the wind industry and the manufacturing industry to support it, Iowa is experiencing economic recovery amid the recession. While some traditional sources of American industrial strength struggle — plants close, and layoffs occur across the country — Iowa has carved new economic opportunity to support its workforce, families and communities.

 

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