New tower manufacturer sets up shop in Tennessee
As the trade association for the U.S. wind industry, AWEA has been asserting for months that it is vitally important for the health of the industry to increase U.S. manufacturing of components that make up a wind turbine. We have also been saying it is happening. So we were impressed (vindicated?) to read about the entrance of tower maker SIAG Aerisyn, LLC, into the U.S. market.
SIAG is a German tower manufacturer that acquired Aerisyn, which operated a tubular steel manufacturing facility in Tennessee. SIAG expanded the factory--it doubled its workforce and now employs 123 people--and increased its output. The company plans to double the workforce again by 2012, and also is looking for a site for a second plant.
According to the article in Energy Digital, "Customers such as GE Wind Energy, Siemens, Vestas, Dewind and Mitsubishi Power Systems urged SIAG to enter the North American market. The privately held, family-owned company is a market leader in Europe, specializing in four arenas: onshore wind energy technology; offshore wind energy technology; mechanical engineering/main frames and generator frames; and environment and energy technology."
Good jobs, SIAG Aerisyn.