The Molded Fiber Glass Cos. (MFG, Astabula, Ohio, USA), an international composites manufacturer of wind turbine components, announced on May 19 that the company's plant in Gainesville, Texas, celebrated the shipment of its 1,000th set of 37m/121-ft composite wind blades. Located 60 miles north of Dallas, the 155,000 ft2/14,400m2 facility has been manufacturing wind blades since 1997 and employs approximately 200 skilled workers.
The shipment marking the 1,000th set milestone was comprised of 37m blades for 1.5-MW turbines. This factory has also produced another 500 sets of other blades ranging from 24m to 34m.
With two factories building wind blades, two factories building nacelles, and one factory building spinners, MFG is one of North America's leading suppliers of composite components for the wind industry. It currently has wind component manufacturing facilities in Ohio, South Dakota, California, Alabama and Texas.
"What's interesting to consider," says Gary Kanaby, MFG's director of sales for wind energy, "is that collectively these blades have generated on the order of 4,234,000,000 kwh of electricity — enough power to supply 1,154,000 average households. Our team is gratified to be part of an industry that is poised to make a meaningful contribution to cleaner, independent energy generation for North America."