Energy Composites acquires land for WindFiber blade manufacturing facility

The Wisconsin site includes a 54-acre parcel for utility-scale wind blade manufacturing, and a 41-acre parcel for the company's logistics center.

Energy Composites Corp. (ECC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., USA) announced on May 18 the completion of its purchase of land for the company’s WindFiber blade manufacturing plant in Wisconsin Rapids. The company also said that it had been notified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce that its application for access to $45 million of tax-exempt coverage under the State’s Recovery Zone Bond Program had been approved.

ECC purchased two parcels in the Rapids East Commerce Center: a 54-acre
parcel that will be the site of the company’s new 535,000-ft²/49,703m² utility-scale wind blade manufacturing plant and a 41-acre parcel that will house the company’s logistics center. The City of Wisconsin Rapids has site improvements underway, and has committed to at least $7.5 million in development incentives, including site improvements, job creation cash credits and additional cash payments.

Adrian Williams, director of WindFiber, stated that, “We are making good
progress towards commissioning of our new wind blade plant. Our partnership with the City of Wisconsin Rapids, evidenced by our purchase of the 95-acre parcel, is critical to our efforts to launch the world’s most advanced wind blade facility. ECC’s WindFiber plant is designed to produce as many as 1,500 utility scale wind blades per year for use in onshore and offshore wind farms. The Company expects to start commercial blade production by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

ECC currently operates a 73,000-ft²/6,782m² manufacturing facility in Wisconsin Rapids, employing advanced composite materials to design, engineer and manufacture complex composite structures, vessels and processing systems wind energy system components, flue gas desulfurization for power plants, infrastructure for biofuel storage and processing, infrastructure for managing wastewater and drinking water storage, advanced municipal utilities infrastructure, and caustic material storage and handling systems for the petrochemical, mining and the pulp and paper industries.