CHAMBERINO, New Mexico -- National wind and solar supplier WTEC Energy is reviving a dormant plant in Chamberino and turning it into a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture cable wiring for wind and solar technologies.
The plan promises to create 315 good-paying jobs in southern Doña Ana County.
"These are manufacturing jobs that are full-time, permanent jobs, with benefits, with job training, with opportunities, and with long-term economic security," said said Alicia Keyes, secretary of Economic Development in New Mexico.
The New Jersey-based company will invest $20 million in the project, while the state is investing $2 million, she said. The economic impact estimated by the state is $400 million over the next 10 years, said Keyes.
New Jersey-based WTEC (Wind, Turbines, Energy and Cable) Energy has purchased the property and vows to revive it into a major manufacturing hub, said Keyes.
"WTEC is coming to New Mexico because of our commitment to supporting manufacturing businesses that help us diversify the economy & grow energy innovation & transition," tweeted New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. "We've said all along that these policies will pay off, and they are – creating real jobs for real New Mexicans."
The announcement was made Friday at the site of the former Alpo facility in Chamberino, at 1311 San Francisco de Asis Street.