Wind energy powers area jobs, investment

The positive side of wind — as a job creator for Joplin area companies — took center stage Wednesday when U.S. Rep. Billy Long toured Able Manufacturing and Assembly to learn more about wind turbine components produced by the plant.

Joplin area manufacturers produce a number of parts used in wind energy production, and the region could become an actual producer of wind energy if a site under contract in northern Jasper County is developed as a wind farm.

[Joplin Globe]