More wind power is headed to the High Plains. A Spanish steel company has announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in the Texas panhandle, according to the Houston Chronicle. GRI Renewable Industries said it intends to build a wind tower plant in Amarillo that would employ 300 people and build 400 towers a year.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state is offering a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $1.85 million to the company. Tax incentive details are still being worked out with the Economic Development Corporation of Amarillo. The company currently has manufacturing plants in Spain, Brazil, China, Turkey, India and South Africa that manufacture and supply wind towers to the global wind energy industry. The plant is expected to be operational by late 2016.