President Barack Obama underscored themes from his State of the Union speech of job creation, innovation and global competitiveness when he visited Broadwind Energy Inc.'s wind turbine tower manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wis.
Once a manufacturing plant for World War II-era submarines, the 250,000 square-foot facility was revitalized by Broadwind Towers, stimulating the local economy through the hiring of 300 people.
During the visit, President Obama was able to see how a wind turbine tower is manufactured – from raw plate steel through the process of forming, welding, painting and moving a completed tower section.
Broadwind Energy President and CEO Peter C. Duprey, Broadwind Towers President Paul Smith and plant manager Chris Wallander led the president through the facility, where he stopped several times to talk with employees.
‘Broadwind Energy looks at the energy industry with a unique perspective, bringing a variety of solutions to our customers to help them make the most of their energy investments,’ says Duprey. ‘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.’
The Manitowoc facility is currently running at near capacity. When combined with its tower manufacturing facilities in Abilene, Texas, and Brandon, S.D., Broadwind Towers has the potential to produce up to 1,500 MW of wind turbine towers annually.
SOURCE: Broadwind Energy Inc.