No matter what a company builds - cars, furnaces, or in this case, wind turbines - its products will inevitably need maintenance.
And since Marshalltown sits neatly in the midst of MidAmerican Energy's regional service area, the purveyor of wind and other energy has decided it would be easier simply to build a place where its maintenance staff can work.
"It provides a centralized location to operate from," said Tina Potthoff, media relations manager for MidAmerican Energy.
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Alliant workers do electric work on the MidAmerican Energy maintenance building on the corner of 18th Avenue and Anson Street Friday afternoon. The building will act as a centralized location for wind turbine technicians to work out of, and should be complete by the end of 2012.
MidAmerican Energy has 45 wind turbines throughout Tama and Marshall Counties that generate more than 225 megawatts of electricity.
The new building is located in the industrial park at East Anson and 18th Avenue. Between 15 and 20 MidAmerican and Siemens - a global electronics and engineering firm - employees, mostly technicians and project supervisors, will work out of that location.
Siemens technicians do upkeep on MidAmerican Energy's turbines.
Having a building where technicians are close to the turbines on which they work will cut down on travel costs, Potthoff said.
A call to the Iowa Department of Revenue to determine how much it estimates the 7,500-square foot operations and maintenance building would generate annually failed at press time.
Potthoff would not disclose how much MidAmerican paid to construct the building, but said it would be complete by mid-December.