Nordex is to begin construction of a wind turbine rotor blade manufacturing facility in Arkansas, US.

Construction will take place in two phases, beginning with the nacelle assembly plant and followed by a rotor blade manufacturing facility at the same location.

Nacelle assembly will begin ramping up in the second half of 2010, operating at full scale by 2012 with an annual production capacity of 300 turbines, or 750MW.

The Arkansas plant will position Nordex as a key competitor in the US, building on its growth of over 50% for four consecutive years, the company said.

The entire facility, including rotor blade production, is expected to be fully operational by 2014.

The nacelle plant will be built on 187 acres in the Craighead Technology Park and will have 115,000ft² of production space, 10,000ft² for a training academy and 35,000ft² of office space.

The plant represents a total investment of $100m, with about $40m allocated to the nacelle plant and the remainder to the rotor blade facility, the company said. It will directly employ up to 700 skilled workers and other staff by 2014.