Project Development, Wind Power

Ohio’s Traditional Manufacturing Sector Sees the Value of Renewables

The Ohio Business Development Coalition says that Ohio’s manufacturing companies are quickly moving into the wind energy industry. There are currently 37 companies in Ohio associated with the wind energy industry and 34 more interested in getting involved.

One of these companies is Advance Manufacturing Corp., located in Cleveland, Ohio. In the last two years, it has invested $6 million to upgrade its facility and produce 22,000-pound components for gearboxes used in large electricity generating wind turbines.

“We believe the renewable energy industry holds great potential for Ohio manufacturing companies,” said Herman Bredenbeck, president of Advance Manufacturing Corp. “We are proud of our commitment to help the state with wind energy development.”

In August, the Ohio Department of Development, through its Ohio Wind Production and Manufacturing Incentive program, awarded grants totaling $5 million to The Buckeye Wind Project, developed by EverPower Renewables, and the JW Great Lakes Wood County Wind Farm. Ohio also is moving forward with the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force on wind feasibility studies for the installation of up to ten wind turbines off the coast of Lake Erie.

“Ohio is at the heart of next-generation, advanced energy technology innovation both as a developer and a customer,” said Ed Burghard, executive director for the Ohio Business Development Coalition.