Wind turbine project on hold in Iowa City

Associated Press • Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa City industrial park that the city has spent millions to develop sits empty, nearly two years after a Maryland-based wind turbine company announced it would build an $85 million plant and employ nearly 200 people there.

Nadicom, or North American Ductile Iron Co., announced in April 2011 that it would build an iron foundry on the site that would support 175 jobs. But the foundry never materialized.

Iowa City has put up about $12 million of the

$14 million spent to help create streets and extend water and sewer lines to the area. The rest came from grants.

Nadicom CEO Prasad Karunakaran said the project has been put on hold following a turbulent year for the wind energy industry.

“If you follow the wind energy sector, it took a beating in 2012, which basically caused us problems to raise enough capital to get it off the ground,” he said.

Karunakaran said he still hopes to one day bring a factory with a revamped business model to Iowa City. The soonest Nadicom could do that would be 2015, he said.