Gearbox Express (GBX), a provider of independent, down-tower service for wind turbine gearbox re-manufacturing, has opened a new headquarters in Mukwonago, Wis.
Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), as well as state and local public officials, celebrated the official grand opening of the 75,000-square-foot facility yesterday.
“This is exciting news,” said Kiernan. “Two-thirds of the value of an American wind farm is made in the USA. A robust U.S. supply chain – in particular, a thriving operations and maintenance sector – will be critical to quadrupling American wind power to 20 percent of the grid by 2030 and saving consumers money while doing it.
“We’ve been saying all along that stable policies for clean energy will keep U.S. factory jobs and create new ones. AWEA welcomes this new Gearbox Express plant to the over 500 manufacturing facilities in 43 states that are part of our clean energy success story.”
BGX, with a strict focus on after-market infrastructure, first launched in 2012.
“When we launched, all we saw was opportunity. There are more than 50,000 active turbines in the United States, and it’s a fact that the gearboxes will need replacing during their lifetime,” said Bruce Neumiller, BGX’s CEO, who noted that the new facility is twice the size of the company’s first space.