Carter Wind Turbines (CWT), a subsidiary of Carter Wind Energy (CWE), has selected Lawton, Oklahoma as the location for their new wind energy company. CWT will hire 300 employees over the next five years, with initial capital investment calculated at $10 million. “Oklahoma was compelling because they understand industry, thoroughly know energy, streamlined the site selection process, and their leadership demonstrated commitment and interest in the project,” said CWE President and CEO Matt Carter at an announcement earlier this month with Lawton Economic Development Corp. and state leaders. “We know we will be successful by locating here.” The presence of Fort Sill military base, an experienced energy labor force, and Oklahoma’s Careertech programs were key factors, said an Oklahoma Department of Commerce release. A pioneer of the lightweight, two-blade wind turbine design, CWE, based in Wichita Falls, Texas, built its first turbine in 1976 and sold its first in 1979 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Bushland, Texas. The company has installed more than 800 turbines around the world.
SES, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company, will invest $17 million to merge its satellite and network operations at a new facility in Bristow, located in Prince William County. The company will consolidate operations, technology, engineering, and support functions at a hub for the company’s technology and operations activities across the United States. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Washington, D.C., for the project. Using a multi-orbit constellation of satellites, SES delivers high-quality connectivity solutions on land, at sea, or in the air with a video network that carries over 8,200 channels. “In consolidating our local SES satellite and network operations and selecting a U.S. hub to house them all, we needed to consider our employees’ commutes, locale of our existing satellite infrastructure investments, and access to a broader engineering talent pool,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “We are pleased that we have landed on the ideal location of Prince William County … With more people demanding more connectivity and data services, we will also be looking at engaging top talent across Virginia to grow our technology and global services teams in the coming months and would welcome candidates’ applications from the area.”.