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Water Turbine Plant Coming To Delaware

Tue, 12/09/2008 - 9:36am

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A company that makes turbines that generate electric power from fast moving water is planning to move its assembly plant from Annapolis, Md., to Sussex County.

UEK plans to hire 40 people for the start of operations at the plant.

UEK Delaware president David Rickards says the company will ask county officials for permission to covert chicken houses into assembly buildings. The company says it has outgrown its Annapolis facility because of domestic and international demand for the turbines.

Rickards says the company expects June to install a turbine in the cooling water intakes at the Indian River Power Plant. He says the company may also revive a proposal to install the turbines in the Indian River Inlet. That plan was dropped after fishermen objected.

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