Wisconsin Wind Works, the consortium of wind energy suppliers and manufacturers established by the New North, Inc., keeps growing.
The Wisconsin Wind Works Supply Chain Directory, a listing of state companies capable of producing components and providing services to the industry, added 40 companies in 2010, bringing the statewide total to 279. Of those companies, 68 percent report they are currently supplying the wind energy market, an increase of 24 percent from 2009.
“It’s clear from these statistics that the efforts of the New North and Wisconsin Wind Works are having a positive effect on promoting the assets of our state and the capabilities of the companies within it,” says New North Executive Director Jerry Murphy. “With our state’s excellent advanced manufacturers and the success of our technical colleges in training workers for this industry, people across the country are recognizing that Wisconsin is the ideal place for component production and other wind energy services.”
Wisconsin Wind Works hosted a wind energy symposium in Milwaukee on Oct. 13, which drew more than 300 attendees. Nearly 85 attendees traveled from states outside of Wisconsin – from as far away as California, Vermont, Florida, and Texas – and 95 attendees were new contacts and business leads for Wisconsin Wind Works. Three new companies also joined the Wisconsin Wind Works Alliance as a result of the conference.
The organization also launched its new website – www.wiwindworks.com – in October, and has since received hundreds of visitors from 11 countries on four continents. As part of the launch, the Supply Chain Directory was redesigned to be more user friendly, offer enhanced search options, and include a new category of business.
Wind energy will be in the spotlight on Dec. 3 during the annual New North Summit at the Kolf Sports Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Besides sharing updates on Wisconsin Wind Works’ efforts, the event will also feature a demonstration by Oshkosh-based Renewegy LLC’s model wind turbine. The company has already erected several turbines at SCA in the Town of Menasha and Orion Energy in Manitowoc. Plans also call for Renewgy to put up wind turbines at the Menasha Corp. in Neenah.