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HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer says that a German company that originally announced plans two years ago to build a wind turbine plant in Butte is still planning to do so.

Representatives from Germany-based Fuhrlander AG were back in Butte on Thursday looking at the site and meeting with local officials. Schweitzer says he was later hosting the group at his house on Georgetown Lake.

The company is planning to build the $25 million plant on a 40-acre site about five miles southwest of Butte, and could employ up to 150 people.

Schweitzer says the economic downturn has slowed the project, which still does not have a certain timeline. But the governor says the company is moving forward with plans that rely on receiving orders from the growing wind energy farms in the United States.

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