Wichita group visits Husum Wind Energy show in Germany

Sunday, September 19, 2010, 3:00pm CDT | Modified: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5:40pm

A state and local delegation is spending this week in Germany, doing what it can to court wind energy companies to come to Wichita.

The group is attending the Husum WindEnergy 2010 trade show in Husum, Germany. The Wichitans were invited to the conference by a German economic development group, Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, says Marlin Penner, president of NAI John T. Arnold Associates Inc., who’s on the trip.

He says the visit came after a previous visit by group of Kansans two years ago.

“They said you have unique opportunity because of your location, and if you want to foster trade relations with us, you need to come to this conference,” Penner says.

The Husum conference is one of the largest wind energy trade shows in the world, held every other year. According to its website, the conference is expecting about 950 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors from 70 countries. It starts Tuesday.

The idea for the Kansas delegation is to meet with large manufacturers of wind energy components about opening facilities in the Wichita area — building on a couple of big projects that already are being built by Siemens in Hutchinson and Tindall Corp. in Newton.

“There is no quick fix. There is no magic bullet. Even this trip is based upon a trip two years ago and has been in the making for a long time,” Penner says.

Wichita Business Journal readers will get an inside look at what the delegation is up to this week. Penner has pledged to call with updates, which will be posted on the WBJ’s new BizTalk blog.

Here’s a list of the people who are traveling with Penner:

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.
Randi Tveitaraas Jack, international business recruitment manager for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
David Bossemeyer, managing director for business development for the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
Debra Teufel, managing director for business development for the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
Jennifer Knorr, governor’s deputy director of governmental affairs and energy advisor.
Troy Carlson, Kansas Logistics Park in Newton.
Patty and Ed Koehler, JR Custom Metal Products.
Stan Brodhagen, president of Brodhagen Consulting Services in Newton.