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New plant expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs to Henderson

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Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, center, arrives with Kai Huang, 2nd left, deputy mayor of Shenyang, China, Jinxiang Lu, 2nd right, chairman/CEO of A-Power, and Tom Conway, right, international vice president of the United Steelworkers union, for the dedication of a new A-Power Energy Generation Systems manufacturing facility in Henderson Tuesday, October 12, 2010. A translator is at far left. The company, based in China, will produce wind turbines and LED lighting.

New LED and Wind Turbine facility dedicated

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, center, arrives with Kai Huang, 2nd left, deputy mayor of Shenyang, China, Jinxiang Lu, 2nd right, chairman/CEO of A-Power, and Tom Conway, right, international vice president of the United Steelworkers union, for the dedication of a new A-Power Energy Generation Systems manufacturing facility in Henderson Tuesday, October 12, 2010. A translator is at far left. The company, based in China, will produce wind turbines and LED lighting. Launch slideshow »

New plant

Officials unveiled an LED manufacturing plant on Tuesday expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in Henderson by the end of the year.

The 36,000-square-foot plant at 1100 Mary Crest Road, near the Interstate 215 and Gibson Road interchange, will house a manufacturing plant for Singapore-based Asia New Energy.

An LED is a light emitting diode, which produce light while using less energy than standard light bulbs. They can be used in everything from flashlights to televisions.

The building also will be a temporary site for a wind turbine assembly facility operated by renewable energy company A-Power. Officials said A-Power will hire about 100 workers initially and up to 300 workers after it relocates to a planned 320,000-square-foot facility.

“The idea that we had to bring manufacturing jobs to Clark County...that’s what brings this about today,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a news conference to announce the manufacturing plant.

Reid noted that the U.S. is the greatest consumer of oil in the world. Green energy projects will help create jobs in Nevada and reduce dependence on foreign oil — two priorities, he said.

“Today we’re here for a strategy for tomorrow,” Reid said. “Nevada is already the nation’s hub for renewable energy.”

The campaign stop allowed Reid to showcase the kind of international clout and recognition he says he brings to Nevada as the Senate majority leader.

Cappy McGarr, managing partner of U.S. Renewable Energy Group and host of the event, said Reid was instrumental in getting the companies to locate in Henderson.

“He has been very astute at bringing new-energy jobs to Nevada,” McGarr said, calling the Silver State “pro-business” and adding that all jobs would be local jobs.

“I don’t know how you could get any more local than all this,” he said.

Tom Conway, international vice president of United Steelworkers, said that because 250 tons of steel are in each turbine, he expects jobs for his union’s members.

“Reid has been instrumental in bringing this about,” he said.

Asia New Energy and A-Power have a long-standing relationship of partnerships in Aisa, said Gene Jixiang Lu, chairmain and CEO of A-Power. A-Power is based in Senyang, China.

“In the future, we will also depend on your support,” Lu said through a translator.

Speaking through a translator, Kai Huang, vice mayor of Senyang City Government, said, “As the biggest energy-producing and consumer countries in the world, China and the U.S. are expanding new energy.”

The countries could continue to “set a good example for energy and environmental protection” by supporting green energy projects, he said.

The location of the final facility for wind turbines is yet to be determined, Lu said, but it will be located in either Clark County or Lincoln County in Southern Nevada. The LED manufacturing facility, he said, will begin hiring to fill the 1,000 job openings right away.

Lu didn’t give any specific instructions for applying for jobs, but he said his company had been working closely with the state to recruit.

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  1. I would be the last to say that we don't need jobs in Nevada, but...

    The wind turbine project is a joint venture with China. Huh? And this venture, which is in fact a stepping stone for the first, raises the same question.

    Specifically, are we so used to getting all our everyday needs from China and Asia that we are now happy to accept a paycheck from them as well?

    Is this how Harry Reid looks out for Nevada and America, by not only making us dependent upon the Chinese for our clothes and basic goods, but for our paychecks, too?

    As for the steel used for the turbines, I'd be very surprised if even 10% comes from US foundries.

  2. "Yet these are the same people that are more than happy to shop at Walmart, buying made in China goods, and facilitating lowering of wages and lost jobs." - westvegas

    There are a few of us, very few, that do our best to buy "Made in USA" products. But the simple truth is that it is almost impossible to do so. Name a TV that is made in America. How about your clothes? Don't even try to find a computer that is made here.

    My wife and I do our best to check the label and buy American, but we just can't find American goods for about 95% of the time. Hell, it's getting hard to find *food* that was produced here.

    One of the main reasons we revolted in 1776 was that England had declared we were a captive market, with no rights to manufacture our own goods.

    Are we becoming a colony of China?

  3. I don't see the "Richest" 1% of Americans that have been getting the tax breaks for the last 4 years stepping up and creating these jobs. Isn't that the reason Republicans gave them these big tax breaks? So where are the jobs? Oh wait... they're not going to create the jobs until they know they're getting to keep the tax breaks and their money.

    It's sad that even China knows the way to make money is to hire people and make goods that sell. It would be great if we managed to do it ourselves, but what's going to happen is the "Rich" folks are going to get their tax breaks, take the money and invest it in China and keep their profits off-shore where they don't have to pay taxes to the US.

    Am I the only one that see the problem here?

  4. "Cappy McGarr, managing partner of U.S. Renewable Energy Group and host of the event, said Reid was instrumental in getting the companies to locate in Henderson."

    1,000 new jobs at this plant. 12,000 jobs at City Center. 300 jobs at the Solar Plant. Making Nevada the leader in Renewable Energy.

    It kinda sounds like Senator Reid IS doing his job and putting Nevada first.

  5. "Do you find it odd that this comes 3 weeks before elections?"

    Sure... So you think that Sen. Reid was up all last night making phone calls to arrange this for today?

    Grow up. I'm sure this has been in the works for months, if not longer. You just don't want to admit the Sen. Reid is doing his best to make Nevada better. Or we can Ms Angle, ask who I'm sure would agree with you that we don't need jobs that bad that we should end up working for a company from China.

  6. "There are a few of us, very few, that do our best to buy "Made in USA" products. But the simple truth is that it is almost impossible to do so."

    Many of the companies that are getting the enormous tax breaks have moved their manufacturing plants and help desks over-seas. Why? Its cheaper! And I don't hear you complaining that the Dell computer that was made in Texas a few years ago is now made in India or Taiwan, just as long as you get it for a few bucks less. I had a company that built computers for individuals and businesses, but I couldn't compete with the large companies that have plants in China and India. And I didn't hear people saying "I'll buy from an American company", I heard "I can get it for a few dollars less from the over-seas companies".

    I can guarantee if you had the choice of paying more for a product made in the USA or getting it for less, I'm positive you'll just happen to overlook the "Made in USA" label and save a few bucks.

  7. Thurber,

    No, I am saying, or asking rather, why do we need the Chinese to do this? Doesn't that bother you at all?

  8. jbkayaker12,

    Listen to yourself! Is America so pathetic that we can't build a plant without foreign help?!? If we have sunk so low as that then I can only look forward to my next heart attack and hope it takes me out. I surely don't want to live in a country where the majority would think like you.

  9. Everyone we are in a global market. Why? would the chinese invest here when thay have it made in their country with low wages no benifits or rules in china. Simple we have skilled work forces here. Stop complaning about who is investing and be pro active about how we Americans still have a very desirable work force. This beats having radioactive waste stored next door to create jobs (Wacko Sharron idea) Let Reid do his thing for another 6 years and keep the NO! vote crazy woman out of Nevada. America has to get use to foreign investors to survive in a global market.

  10. Good for Hary the Red. Now let him take credit for the 140,000 or so Nevadans he, along with Obama & Pelosi and the rest of the Dumbocratic crew, have kept out of work. Instead of concentrating on the economy and putting Americans back to work, they push for amnesty for illegals, Cap & Trade, shutting down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for American companies while, at the same time, lending billions to Mexico & Brazil to do just that. What's even worse, Obama runs around the world apologizing for America's success! Keep these people in power and we'll become a 3rd world country with an economy to match.

  11. lvfacts101...
    You are a living caricature, aint'cha?

    Have you heard of FM radio, Jerry?

  12. Why? was it ok to get a pay check a few years ago from other foreign investors like the one who owned the Imperial palace, or the dunes for that matter it was ok then.
    And as a Democrat I also try to buy things that are made in America we as consumers are in control of that not congress and the more you do it the more company's will notice for example when I go to the grocery store I buy cheese from Wisconsin not Ireland I don't buy meats at walmart on account of most of there meats come from Mexico,
    yes you will buy things from other countries you can't get 100% everything now from America but start with 30% for six months and go to 40% and so on when the merchants see those products sitting on the shelf then they will make adjustments there lively hood depends on it.
    When I remodel a house I will not buy the Mexican made tile or china made Sheetrock I will buy American made insulation, shingles, flooring from USA. And just because it has America in the name of the product doesn't mean it is made here like Tile American Olean ( made in Mexico ) or American standard you know the commode seats (china) if you can't see the American Label with in three seconds it ain't made here.
    And to those people a while back said that the unemployed should just get a job any job is a good one. Well these are jobs it should not matter if they are china investors because you don't have to buy the products that are made in china do you. You should buy products made here regardless who the investor is for example Hyundia located a plant in Hope Hull Alabama they spent 1.8 Billion dollars to manufacture cars here in America, Those are American made cars Right of course they are and don't get me this crap about well the the money goes to Korea some might but most stays here and just to let you know back in the 70's the auto industry started a campaign of buy American cars Why/ did they do that Answer So they could sell the company for a higher price to the Japan auto makers that's all it was a rope a dope.

  13. lvfact101 - giving Jerry's everywhere a bad name

    Hey, I have a great idea. Let's cut taxes for corporations and the rich and deregulate everything so they can take what little manufacturing we have left and move it overseas. Oh, except for stem cells. Let's keep that heavily regulated and restricted because messing with that is evil and won't lead to any advances in the medicine anyways. Let's promote a bunch of candidates as anti-establishment but in actuality are firmly attached to the government tit. Let's alienate all Americans that don't look like us or talk like us. Who cares that we are a nation of immigrants. Listen up, my ideas are going to save "our" America.

  14. Big Mistake. Short term gain, Long term loss. I hate to sound like a bore, but China is a communist country that treats it's own citizens harshly. There is no free speech, and only one thing prevents China from world domination; The U.S.A.
    I'm sorry, I just don't trust the Peoples Republic of China that they have our best interest in mind. It's great to have jobs, and it's good for Henderson, but have we forgotten anything? China trade means we overlook human rights violations extraordinaire. If they treat their own people so bad, just wait till they take over our country. Anyone who has read the "Art of War", knows China is coming. Sooner rather than later. If it did have to happen, I am glad for Henderson, I hope I am wrong. Good luck

  15. gmag39: I don't listen to radio, not even in my SUV.

    jerrywayne: We are a nation of LEGAL immigrants. That's the distinction I make. As for companies moving out of the US - a big reason is because our government makes it too costly to produce here by imposing sometimes stupid rules and regulations. Just this a.m. I read in the R/Js Road Warrior where NYC is forced to spend some $28 million to replace its street signs because of a federal mandate. Give me a break! Where do the morons in Washington D.C. get the authority to dictate what kind of street signs a city may erect? We have a government that has gone crazy trying to regulate everything we do, say, eat or think! That's going to change, beginning this November. We, the people, are getting rid of Republicrats & Dumbocrats who simply will not recognize the limits imposed on them by the U.S. Constitution.

  16. Can we say "ironic"? The U.S. was once THE leader in wind turbine technology. It was also THE leader in LED te4chnology. Now, after years of ignoring other technologies while we were sucking "cheap" oil and extolling the "perfection" of free markets -- all the while pooh-poohing the need for new technologies, we find ourselves begging the Chinese for jobs in technologies we (and OUR markets) abandoned.

    Its like we've been on a long binge. We -- all of us -- need to get sober.

  17. 1) Only Democrats and Greens should get these jobs. Republicans and Liberloonitoons should apply to Koch Industries.

    2) Yes, Glen Beck Fans, those turbine blades will hide Red Army Soldiers, who will come out and link up with Acorn and Black Panthers to take over America!!

  18. "The LED manufacturing facility, he said, will begin hiring to fill the 1,000 job openings right away.

    Lu didn't give any specific instructions for applying for jobs, but he said his company had been working closely with the state to recruit."

    Has anyone seen the "state" job announcements yet?

  19. The new owner of the country are coming,America don't belong to Americans no more.