German wind company puts North America headquarters in Iowa

Source: Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014


A German wind energy company has chosen Estherville as the location for its North American headquarters, a local economic development group said today.

The firm, windtest, will open the location this summer, the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. said in a statement.

Based in Grevenbroich, Germany, windtest established the North American arm of the company, windtest north-america inc., earlier this year. The company will initially employ about five people with plans to hire up to 10 during the next few years, according to Iowa Lakes Corridor Development.

The company provides testing and consulting services for wind energy producers, turbine manufacturers and others in the industry.

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development said the windtest office would officially open when Iowa Lakes Community College completes its new sustainable energy resource technology center in August.

Windtest will join a series of other companies in Iowa involved in the wind industry, such as Siemen, TPI Composites and Trinity Structural Towers.

About 27 percent of Iowa’s energy comes from wind, according to the American Wind Energy Association.