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GBT USA brings 40 jobs to Evansville, eyes 400 by 2014

There are 40 new jobs are coming to Evansville, and that number could soon grow to 400.

Global Blade Technology (GBT) announced it will invest $3.5 million and create 40 new jobs when it begins operations in the former Whirlpool building.

GBT, a company based in the Netherlands, plans to design and produce molds for blades that will be used on wind turbines. The company will occupy 45,000 square feet of the building.

Governor Mitch Daniels says Indiana is ranked number one when it comes to wind technology.

Local leaders say this form of green technology is where the jobs are, and says GBT is the perfect fit for the empty building.

Debbie Dewey with GAGE says, "It would be hard to find one company that could fill this whole building, but to use it the way we're using it. The way The Kunkle Group is using it to lease it to provide a lot of companies space to start up from an industrial standpoint, I think is exactly what this building should be used for."

Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel says this new opportunity is a positive step for Evansville.

"To begin seeing this facility filled back up, new jobs, new investment, that is really encouraging for the future."

The city offered GBT a low-interest loan, tax incentives, and even helped them secure a grant  in an effort to attract these new jobs.

Governor Daniels says, "We're chasing a company like GBT that is young and seems to have an edge, and a competitive edge on technology. It has the potential to maybe grow up and become much bigger than anyone expected."

GBT already has plans to grow its operations in Evansville.

It says it will invest another $40 million, and create 400 more jobs when it builds a facility where those blades will actually be manufactured.

That building would probably be located somewhere close to the river.

For more information on where you can apply for jobs with GBT USA, click here.

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