Michigan, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Mariah Power has opened its first high-volume manufacturing site in Manistee, Michigan, in partnership with MasTech Manufacturing material handling specialists. The volume manufacturing site will produce the Windspire vertical axis wind turbine, bringing more than 120 jobs to Manistee over the next three years.
Manufacturing will take place in a retrofitted auto parts automation manufacturing facility and will employ former auto industry workers who have prior experience working with steel, auto assembly lines and auto robotics.
Mariah Power said that the manufacturing site started operations with 30 employees and will produce 100 Windspire wind turbines per month. That number could potentially growing to 1,000 Windspires a month. Materials for the Windspire, such as steel and aluminum, will be supplied by local Michigan companies.
“As we continue our efforts to diversify and grow our state’s economy, we are proud to celebrate the opening of the Windspire manufacturing facility and the new energy jobs this will create in northern Michigan,” said Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. “This investment puts us at the forefront in the production of renewable energy to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.”