A manufacturing plant for the wind energy industry will be built in Amarillo.  A joint announcement on Tuesday came from GRI Renewable Industries and the Texas Governor’s Office.

GRI’s new plant will manufacture wind energy components and it is expected to add over 300 new jobs to the Amarillo area along creating a $41 million capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $1.85 million has been extended to GRI.

“As Governor, I am committed to making Texas the national leader in attracting foreign investment, and GRI’s decision to locate their latest manufacturing plant in the Lone Star State continues Texas’ streak of attracting job creators,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas competed with multiple states to become home to this facility, and I am proud of our efforts to close this deal and inject hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars into our economy.”

"With this new factory in the US market, GRI will utilize its experience and know-how as a leading global supplier of wind towers,” according to Javier Imaz, CEO of GRI. “We initially considered locations in several states as a part of our business strategy to serve the US wind industry. Our decision to select Amarillo included key factors such as the pro-business environment in the state of Texas, Amarillo’s favorable geographical location and good workforce as well as a package of state and local incentives.”

According to the Governor’s Office the new GRI Amarillo facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. GRI has manufacturing plants across the world, including Spain, Brazil, China, Turkey, India and South Africa.

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