In what Gov. Bobby Jindal called “a great win for the New Orleans area” and Mayor Mitch Landrieu termed an “incredibly exciting announcement,” officials announced Tuesday that a British wind turbine company will begin manufacturing turbine blades and components in part of the rapidly emptying Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.

Michael DeMocker, The Times-PicayuneTheo Botha, co-founder of Blade Dynamics, announces plans for the company to take up residence at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.

Blade Dynamics Ltd., a 3-year-old company based on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England, designs and manufactures advanced blades designed to increase the efficiency and performance of very high power wind turbines.

The company has committed to create 600 new jobs by 2015 at an average annual salary of $48,000, plus benefits, and to make a capital investment of about $13 million.
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