Siemens plans Wichita distribution center

The Wichita Eagle

Siemens, a diversified international company with a focus on energy, is planning to announce today that it has signed a lease for 74,000 square feet of warehouse space at 1090 E. 37th St. North.

“They have been a fabulous company to do business with,” says NAI John T. Arnold Associates president and supervising broker Marlin Penner , who handled the deal with NAI’s Tymber Lee .

“We’re just thrilled to death to see them have a presence in Wichita,” Penner says. “We hope this is a harbinger of more to come.”

Siemens is opening a wind power distribution center, which will provide storage, procurement, kitting, refurbishment and distribution of tooling that’s needed to install wind turbines nationally.

It also will store, repair and distribute new unit transport framing and hardware that’s used to move nacelles, towers and blades around the region.

“With more and more wind projects coming online in the U.S., we see this new facility in Wichita as a testament to our continued commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers and to the overall maturation of the U.S. wind industry,” Mark Albenze , CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas business, said in a statement.

“Much like Siemens’ recently announced new wind service facility in Woodward, Oklahoma, the geographic location of the new Wichita distribution center will allow us to address our customers’ installation and distribution needs in a cost- effective and timely manner.”

In addition to providing support and distribution services for wind projects nationally, the new Siemens facility will provide Duke Energy with 73 turbines for its Ironwood wind project in Spearville. The company expects that will provide clean power to more than 50,000 Kansas homes.

It also will supply 57 turbines for Duke’s Cimarron II project in Gray County.

According to Siemens, the company is second nationally in terms of installed capacity.

The new Wichita center is the company’s 11th facility related to the wind power business nationally. Siemens also recently opened a nacelle assembly plant in Hutchinson.

The Wichita center, which is west of 37th and Hydraulic, once was home to the Hayes Co. Up until about eight months ago, Coleman Co. had been leasing space there.

In addition to the building’s 74,000 square feet, there is seven acres of storage outside.

Siemens says wind power is part of its environmental portfolio, which had $38.5 billion in revenues in fiscal 2010. The company says that makes Siemens the world’s leading supplier of eco-friendly technologies.