Obama visits wind tower fabricator; lady welder gets a hug
From an article by Sarah Kloepping in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter:
MANITOWOC – Not many people can say they have spoken to the president, and even fewer can say they’ve hugged him.
Tower Tech Systems/Broadwind Towers employee Melissa Peters is now a member of that small group who can claim both.
“I got to hug him. I can’t believe he let me do that,” said Peters, who was welding when Obama came to speak to her on Wednesday during his two-hour tour of Manitowoc.
“He asked how long I worked here and said I must really like it if I’ve been here for almost four years. … It went so fast. It’s definitely a chance in a lifetime experience. . . .”
During his approximately 20-minute tour of Tower Tech, Obama saw how a wind turbine tower is manufactured – from raw-plate steel through the process of forming, welding, painting and moving a completed tower section, which can weigh up to 200 tons.
“Him being here, just his presence, kind of supports the industry we work in,” Tower Tech Systems president Paul Smith said. “He complimented the workmanship that he saw. He was really impressed with what we do. . . .”
“President Obama is essentially asking the same of our country – bring together all of our best talents and solutions and help our country and other countries maximize their energy potential – sustainably, cleanly and profitably.”