From an article by Nathaniel Shuda in the Wausau Daily Herald:

Officials hope efforts to market central Wisconsin as the state’s premier renewable and sustainable energy region will boost the number of middle-level jobs.

City leaders in Wisconsin Rapids released details for the first time Thursday of an agreement with Energy Composites Corp., which plans to build a $43 million manufacturing plant, creating about 600 local jobs. The plant will produce 40- to 55-meter-long industrial wind mill blades.

“What it allows us to do is to diversify further the industries we already have here,” Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Mary Jo Carson said. “ECC gives us the opportunity to bring in ‘green’ jobs and gives us another leg for our economic stool.”

In addition, officials in Port Edwards continue to work with Ballard Power Systems, a Vancouver-based fuel cell producer that, together in a proposed project with ERCO Worldwide, could turn the chemical producer’s excess hydrogen waste into power, making the site the first location in the state and one of only a few in the country to be home to such technology.