Magnetech Industrial Services Expands Wind Services

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Massillon, Ohio based-Magnetech Industrial Services has acquired the business and assets of California-based Visalia Electric Motor Shop Inc., a repair, maintenance and overhaul provider for mission-critical motors and generators.

Visalia serves an extensive roster of industry-leading customers in 14 Western states. Magnetech says the addition of Visalia will significantly expand its wind generation repair and maintenance capabilities on the West Coast. The Visalia facility will now support all field service and in-shop repairs in the western U.S. With this acquisition, Magnetech now has nine locations nationwide.

Magnetech added that it will support and build on Visalia's utility and heavy industrial customer base, which will provide a complement to its existing customer base.

The company also announced that with the addition of the Visalia facility, Mike White has been named product line manager for wind power services. White brings more than 15 years of experience in engineering, management and sales to his new role.

White was most recently with GE Transportation's wind power group, where he served as product manager for aftermarket wind power products and services, a wind power group unit focused on up-tower and factory repair of turbine drivetrain components.

In his new role with Magnetech Industrial Services, White will be responsible for managing the field service operations, including all wind power related equipment and on-site and in-shop repairs. He will also be involved in further developing the company's 3-D Asset Management System for the wind power industry and developing new tools and techniques to accelerate the use of predictive and preventative maintenance processes.

White holds degrees in mechanical and materials engineering from the University of Connecticut.

In related news, 3-D Services, a subsidiary of Magnetech Industrial Services, has been authorized by Electro Static Technology as a distributor and installer for their AEGIS WTG wind turbine bearing protection rings. 3-D Service is authorized to sell and install the bearing protection rings for wind applications in the U.S. and Canada.

3-D Service provides up-tower and in-shop wind power service for all brands of wind turbine equipment. Services include comprehensive inspections, filter and lubricant replacement, bearing and slip ring replacement, coupling and gearbox service, balancing and alignment, predictive maintenance, and equipment repair and remanufacturing.

The AEGIS WTG is specially engineered to protect wind generator bearings. Induced shaft voltages in wind turbine generators cause high-frequency currents in bearings, resulting in pitting, fluting and premature bearing failure.

SOURCE: Magnetech Industrial Services Inc.

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