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Creating Missouri Jobs with Grain Belt Express Clean Line

Posted on 01/30/2014 by Diana Rivera

As Director of Development at Clean Line Energy Partners, I co-lead the development of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project with a passionate and dedicated team. This morning, I was in Jefferson City, Missouri to attend the announcement of agreements between Grain Belt Express and Missouri-based manufacturers, ABB Inc., General Cable, and Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.
 
Big infrastructure projects like Grain Belt Express create jobs and economic opportunities - in manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and through property taxes over the long term. To ensure that the states that host Grain Belt Express will benefit as much as possible from the project, we’ve looked for local manufacturers that could make the components we hope to construct in Missouri.

It didn’t take us long to realize, Missouri builds America’s grid. And they do it very well.

As an industrial engineer who started her career in manufacturing, I know how it feels to take pride in what you make.  Today, we were privileged to announce agreements that will ensure Missourians can take pride in building Grain Belt Express, the bridge that will bring low-cost clean energy to their state.
 
At ABB’s plant in St Louis, Missourians will make transformers for Grain Belt’s collector system, where wind farms will connect to the line.  At ABB in Jefferson City, Missourians are likely to make transformers for the wind turbines that connect to the Grain Belt Express.  At General Cable’s plant in Sedalia, Missourians will strand the steel core of 23 million feet of our line’s conductor. And in Centralia, over 50 Hubbell employees will make hardware and insulator cores for Grain Belt Express.  For more details on the preferred supplier agreements, please see our press release.
 
“Missouri is positioned to be a leader in the renewable energy manufacturing sector, and agreements like these help make Missouri even more competitive,” said Mike Downing, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “Cutting-edge projects like the Grain Belt Express Clean Line will help sustain Missouri’s manufacturing sector and create good paying jobs right here in Missouri. We appreciate Clean Line’s efforts to use local businesses and suppliers for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project.”
 
We look forward to the day when hundreds of Missourians will see the Grain Belt Express and say, “I helped build that line to bring low-cost clean energy to the Show-Me State.”