Energy firm picks Milwaukee for plant

Officials line up to applaud Spanish company’s decision

By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Feb. 15, 2010

Politicians and business leaders were quick to celebrate – and claim credit for – Monday’s announcement that a Spanish company will bring hundreds of new jobs to Milwaukee.

Wisconsin’s current governor, two candidates to succeed him, and not one but two regional economic development alliances all lined up to score points from a new Menomonee Valley plant for Ingeteam, a Spanish manufacturer of wind-turbine generators.

About 270 manufacturing jobs will be created by the plant, said Greater Milwaukee Committee President Julia Taylor. Building the plant will bring construction jobs as well, said Patrick Curley, chief of staff to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.