Wind Turbine Maker Delays Indiana Factory

Italy-based Brevini is pushing back plans to open a factory near Muncie because of the national recession with production now expected to start in late 2010 or early 2011.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- An Italian company that makes wind turbines is pushing back plans to open a factory near Muncie.

Brevini officials announced in October that production was expected to begin in mid-2010 at a plant that would bring 450 new jobs to the area.

But Brevini USA President Sal Spada said Monday he now expects production to begin in late 2010 or early 2011 because of the national recession. The plant has yet to be built and Spada calls the start of production a "moving target."

Despite the delay, Spada tells The Star Press that the company is moving ahead with plans to move its national headquarters from suburban Chicago to Delaware County. That office will begin intermittent hours within a few weeks.

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