Renewable energy puts Wisconsin to work
From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
It’s hard to find an energy project in Wisconsin that doesn’t involve the Boldt Co. of Appleton.
Among projects Boldt is working on are two for We Energies that would add more renewable energy to its mix. Boldt also worked on the Milwaukee utility’s first big wind farm several years ago and is converting a Madison power plant to burn natural gas instead of coal.
A combination of cost-effective bids and attention to safety are among the reasons it’s been selected for the energy projects, Boldt said.
At a time when the construction business is slow, Boldt has almost 600 people on job sites around the state, as well as about 1,200 people working for its subcontractors.
The company is ranked 24th among the state’s largest privately held employers on the Wisconsin 75 list prepared by Deloitte.
We Energies employs state firms whenever possible, said Allen Leverett, who runs the utility’s fleet of power plants. The utility worked with turbine supplier Vestas to steer fabrication of towers to Broadwind Energy’s wind tower division in Manitowoc.
Though it tries to hire Wisconsin firms, Leverett said, “It’s important that those companies are competitive, and Boldt has shown that they are very competitive with other companies in their field.”
The downturn in the commercial construction industry has led to more companies bidding on energy projects, said Tom Boldt, chief executive of Boldt.
“This isn’t for amateurs, this is very technical work,” he said. “The developers or the utilities, depending on who is responsible for the job, have very high safety and quality requirements. They want to make sure they’re dealing with responsible people.”