Fond du Lac turbine company pumps up energy, economy
From an article by Toni Hoh in The Northwestern (Oshkosh):
One of the first wind turbines to come out of Oshkosh’s Renewegy Inc. is up and running at the business’s Jackson Street headquarters. Soon, eight more turbines will leave the plant and begin churning out wind energy at other northeast Wisconsin businesses and even out of state.
The company’s next eight units will be installed by early summer. Four will go to SCA Tissue in Menasha; one to Manitowoc’s Orion Energy Systems; one to an undisclosed location in the Fox Valley; and two to Nebraska. Turbines can meet anywhere from 1 percent to 100 percent of a facility’s energy demands.
Renewegy, launched in 2008, is poised to bring small wind energy turbines — the type that serves commercial and industrial businesses, schools, universities, municipalities and farms — into the forefront when it comes to meeting clean energy needs.
The company has created 10 new research, development and manufacturing jobs so far and expects to hire between 60 and 100 people over the next few years, including another five to 10 in 2010.
“This is exactly the type of company we want to grow in our area,” said Rob Kleman, executive director of the Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation.
Kleman said the technology being created by Renewergy can have a spin-off effect that benefits other companies in its supply chain.