Duluth, still a contender

"Oh, no," I groaned.

Word came from Milwaukee this week that Ingeteam, a Spanish wind turbine maker, had chosen that city to build its U.S. plant.

We’ve reported that the Northland was one of two finalists for the U.S. expansion of a European wind energy company. If we were chosen, the company would build plants in Duluth, Superior and the Iron Range to make the components for the massive wind turbine systems for power companies.

And it would bring up to 1,500 decent-paying jobs to the Northland.

If we got it.

The group of local business leaders courting the global company have been mum on its name and who the other finalist in the Midwest was.

Getting it would be big. I feared we had lost it.

But a quick check with Rob West of Arrowhead Partnership for Economic Expansion who’s spearheading the "courtship" assured me it wasn’t the same company. 

"Not our client," West responded in an e-mail.

So we’re still in the running.

Company representatives will be visiting the Northland before making their choice in a few months, he said.