Spartanburg, S.C.-based Tindall Corporation announced in December 2009 that it would be the Kansas Logistics Park's first manufacturing tenant. Tindall plans to construct a new facility to manufacture concrete base systems for wind turbines that will enable the towers to be extended to optimal heights for maximum power generation. It was not previously economically feasible to construct conventional steel towers to these heights.
Plans call for a 150,000- to 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for this product, with a total capital investment of approximately $66 million. The new facility is projected to employ 200 people by the end of the first year of operations, at an estimated annual payroll (including benefits) of $11 million. Employment is projected to reach 405 people at an annual payroll of $21 million by the end of the third year.
In February 2011, Tindall closed on the approximately 230 acres of property it purchased from the City and Harvey County.
Tindall's Atlas CTB tower bases have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd, and Tindall officials are now working on a prototype at their Atlanta facility. Once it is complete, they will begin final building plans and site layout in Newton. The company has named current employee Tony Smith as plant manager for the Newton facility.