The Detroit News. A new wind turbine assembly plant opening later this year in Novi, Michigan will create about 250 manufacturing jobs which are being sought by displaced autoworkers.
...The company received $7.3 million in tax credits from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority in December to create 256 direct jobs over six years. Long said the company likely will grow well beyond that number within two years—to more than 400 employees—and hopes to source components for its 1.5 megawatt turbines to in-state suppliers, a move that could support thousands of additional manufacturing jobs.
...Global Wind Systems will initially draw many of its parts from Europe, where wind technology has matured faster than in the US. Long, however, hopes his business will help better define a supply chain in Michigan. The company has vetted more than 500 Michigan suppliers that could machine turbine parts. “From that activity, this is when the real job growth happens,” Long said, adding it could result in more than 8,000 supplier-based manufacturing jobs.
A September 2008 study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the national and state-by-state employment impact of a short-term clean energy and jobs program calculated that Michigan’s net job creation through such a green economic recovery program would be 61,394 jobs, based on Michigan unemployment figures in June 2008. This would reduce Michigan’s unemployment rate to 7.5% in two years from the 8.7% in June 2008 (at the time of the study). Michigan’s unemployment rate in February 2009 was 12.0%.
(A hat-tip to Glenn!)