Energy Composites Corp. (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., USA) announced that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the city of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to acquire a 54-acre parcel for the purpose of building a 350,000-sq-ft/32,516-sq-m composites fabrication plant for manufacturing wind turbine blades. The city and the company will reach a final definitive agreement before June 1, 2009, after which ECC will commence the construction of the plant. Securing the property is an important, early step in the execution of ECC’s WindFiber composites-in-wind-energy program. WindFiber is the strategic umbrella under which ECC will carry out its wind-related innovation, engineering, customer proposition, production and services planning and logistics activities to drive value for the sector. The LOI is subject to the approval of the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council, which is expected to act on the agreement soon.
Jamie Mancl, ECC’s founder and president, praised the city of Wisconsin Rapids and the city’s mayor, Mary Jo Carson. “Since the early days of Advanced Fiberglass Technologies, the predecessor company to ECC, the city of Wisconsin Rapids has played a central role in our success. We have done our part to create quality, sustainable jobs with every expansion. The city has enabled much of that expansion, and the faith that the city council, the mayor and the Industrial Development Commission has shown us has been unwavering. We simply could not have a better growth partner,” Mancl added.
Fairchild added that, “We contemplate that the blade factory will add more than 400 new jobs to the Wisconsin Rapids economy. We are currently working with our local college, MidState, to establish a training program now specializing in blade fabrication techniques as well as basic composites fabrication. We are working to establish a certification program as a part of WindFiber that will ensure that we have a strong pool of certified associates ready on day one to make the blade plant productive. We believe that we will deliver a capacity of 1,500 blades annually out that plant, and we hope to ramp up to that rate of production by the end of 2010.”