Broadwind Energy Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Brad Foote Gear Works Inc., has signed a three-year, evergreen supply agreement with GE Transportation to provide gear sets for use in wind turbine gearboxes, which GE Transportation builds in Erie, Pa., for the North American market.
The gearing components will be produced in Brad Foote's new 270,000-square-foot facility in Cicero, Ill., increasing the company's manufacturing space to nearly 600,000 square feet.
‘Brad Foote is proud to have been a partner in GE Transportation's development of this advanced design, highly reliable gear system,’ says J. Cameron Drecoll, CEO of Broadwind. ‘GE Transportation has taught our people lean technologies as well as the value of Six Sigma. This has resulted in the transformation of a typical gear job shop into the third largest production center for wind gearing in the world.’