Turbines drive industry push

Posted on December 2, 2007. Filed under: Wind |

From an article by Larry Avila posted on WISinfo.com:

KAUKAUNA — If a community wants parts to build wind turbines, there’s no better place to look than northeastern Wisconsin.

That was the message Monday from Gov. Jim Doyle, who held a press conference on the manufacturing floor of Bassett Mechanical, a heating, cooling and engineering design firm.

Doyle, who last week signed the Midwest Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Change Agreement, aimed at easing dependence on foreign oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and advancing development of alternative energy sources, said the state can capitalize on the growing interest in wind farm development.

“The Midwest is in a position to be the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy,” Doyle said.

Bassett Mechanical is among an estimated three-dozen businesses in northeastern Wisconsin that produce components for electricity generating wind turbines. Bassett makes steel rings that are part of a wind turbine’s massive foundation.

“Leaders across the Midwest are charting a new energy direction that will benefit northeastern Wisconsin,” Doyle said. “Companies like Bassett are examples of how great manufacturing in Wisconsin can expand and grow into new markets.”

Jerry Murphy, executive director of the New North Inc., an 18-county economic development organization, believes the region can capitalize on alternative energy demand.

“We can produce 100 percent of a wind turbine in the New North,” he said.

According to New North, some of the companies capable of making components for a wind turbines include Plexus Corp., Neenah, electronic components; Kohler Co., Kohler, generators; Thyssenn-Krupp Waupaca Inc., Waupaca, foundry services; and Tower Tech Systems Inc., Manitowoc, a metal fabrication business that specializes in tower assemblies.

The spring 2007 edition of RENEW’s newsletter carried a story titled Wind Farm Construction Explodes While Manufacturing Lags.


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