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USITC Threatens Proposed Mitsubishi Plant

Mitsubishi Power Systems announced it would bring 400 new jobs to Fort Smith with a new, $100-million wind turbine plant, but the U.S. International Trade Commission may rule against the move. ...General Electric, Mitsubishi's top competitor, is trying to block the plant. Several area lawmakers are asking the trade commission to consider their plea for Mitsubishi.

Plant Would Bring 400 Jobs To Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- In October, Mitsubishi Power Systems announced it would bring 400 new jobs to Fort Smith with a new, $100-million wind turbine plant, but the U.S. International Trade Commission may rule against the move.

Bloomberg News reported that General Electric, Mitsubishi's top competitor, is trying to block the plant. Several area lawmakers are asking the trade commission to consider their plea for Mitsubishi.

"This is all about jobs. We're very, very supportive of Mitsubishi. I've met them in October and I've met with them and the governor, so we've worked hard to attract them," said Rep. John Boozman.

Wind turbines are expected to go in at Chaffee Crossing. The wind energy plant would bring about 400 jobs, along with additional suppliers to a city that has lost so many jobs in the recession.

"This would be an excellent plan," said Boozman, "a real good shot in the arm to Fort Smith."

Despite the promise of new jobs, Bloomberg News reported that the trade commission is still considering the request for the plant, saying General Electric is in a battle to prevent Mitsubishi from developing in the U.S.

Boozman said Friday they're not giving... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Plant Would Bring 400 Jobs To Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- In October, Mitsubishi Power Systems announced it would bring 400 new jobs to Fort Smith with a new, $100-million wind turbine plant, but the U.S. International Trade Commission may rule against the move.

Bloomberg News reported that General Electric, Mitsubishi's top competitor, is trying to block the plant. Several area lawmakers are asking the trade commission to consider their plea for Mitsubishi.

"This is all about jobs. We're very, very supportive of Mitsubishi. I've met them in October and I've met with them and the governor, so we've worked hard to attract them," said Rep. John Boozman.

Wind turbines are expected to go in at Chaffee Crossing. The wind energy plant would bring about 400 jobs, along with additional suppliers to a city that has lost so many jobs in the recession.

"This would be an excellent plan," said Boozman, "a real good shot in the arm to Fort Smith."

Despite the promise of new jobs, Bloomberg News reported that the trade commission is still considering the request for the plant, saying General Electric is in a battle to prevent Mitsubishi from developing in the U.S.

Boozman said Friday they're not giving up.

"I think, right now, the focus has to be on protecting jobs, creating jobs, protecting savings, protecting pension plans, and things like that," said Boozman.

Boozman said he, along with Congressman Marion Berry and Gov. Mike Beebe, wrote to the trade commission asking them to carefully consider their next move.

"Please look into this in due diligence and we will live with what you say, but it is very important," said Boozman.

The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to announce its decision Friday, but will now decide by Jan. 8. It gave no reason for the delay.


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DEC 19 2009
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