Sen. Cornyn was in San Angelo for a ribboncutting of a wind energy production plant, reports the San Angelo Standard-Times.
Although the Texas senator voted against the stimulus bill that will aid in the plant's completion and operation, he said in an interview after the tour that he is a supporter of clean energy alternatives and voted against the overall stimulus bill because it was borrowed money.The results of the stimulus bill.
“Having voted against the overall bill, I figure it's my job to make sure that, if it's going to pass, that Texas gets it fair share, and that’s why I’m certainly supportive of the use of these tax credits to help job creation right here in West Texas,” Cornyn said.
The plant is expected to hire 225 mostly local employees and produce 400 wind turbine towers a year by 2013. San Angelo's Hirschfeld Industries joined Portugal-based Martifer Energy Systems late last year to construct the $40 million factory on Old Ballinger Highway. Plant Manager Paulo Rebelo said the plant is still set for a March completion and should begin its next round of hiring by February.
Richard Phillips, president of Hirschfeld Industries, says plans would have gone forward for the plant regardless of the [$3.5 million in] stimulus funds
"Our long-term plans were to get into this industry anyway," he said.
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