Wind plant work has Kansas firms bidding

Construction of the $50 million Siemens wind turbine plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, has the potential to bolster the local economy over the next year. Just how much remains a question.

Siemens selected Gray Construction of Louisville, Ky., as its general contractor. No Kansas general contractor was among the final round.

But most of that construction money would flow through to the local economy if Kansas subcontractors are picked.

Gray Construction is talking to a number of contractors, including 40 from Kansas, for the 12 to 18 contracts.

Construction is slated to start at the end of October and take about 10 months.

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