Plant News

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 :: Plant News
Posted by , Insight on Manufacturing Staff Writer

NWTC builds new automotive, diesel truck facility

Construction is underway on a plot of land across East Campus Drive from the Building and Construction Technology Center on the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College campus in Green Bay. Crews are working on the new NWTC Transportation Center. The project is part of the $66.5 million referendum voters passed in April of 2015.

The 63,000-square-foot building will house the college’s automotive, auto collision and diesel medium and heavy truck programs. The diesel truck program is new to NWTC.

Plans for the new facility include a  diesel truck repair lab, auto collision and refinishing lab, and two auto repair labs complete with a shared parts department. The building also includes five classrooms, meeting and study spaces, a transportation welding shop, and a high bay demonstration lab for instructional and corporate partner use.

The facility will serve up to 96 auto tech students, 96 diesel truck repair students and 32 collision and refinishing students. It is expected to open in the fall of 2017.

Broadwind Energy announces $23 million in new tower orders

Broadwind Energy, Inc. announced $23 million in new tower orders. Broadwind will produce these towers in its Manitowoc and Abilene, Texas, facilities for 2017 delivery.

“We have booked over $250 million in new tower orders so far,” says Broadwind President and CEO Stephanie Kushner. “Both of our tower manufacturing facilities are operating consistently, and a good portion of our 2017 capacity is under contract. We are proud of the contributions our highly skilled team is making to U.S. manufacturing and to the wind industry.”

Model rocketry manufacturing company relocates to Plymouth

LOC/PRECISION, a model rocketry manufacturer, is relocating to a new home in Plymouth. Dave Barber and Jason Turicik, both natives of Plymouth, have purchased the company from Barry Lynch, who is retiring.

“We are so proud to bring this company home,” says Barber. “Rocketry has been a passion of ours for a long time, and now we get the opportunity to bring that passion to more kids and fans in Wisconsin.”

LOC/PRECISION was previously headquartered in Ohio. The company offers kits and ready-to-fly rockets for everything from first-time flyers to the most advanced rocket builders.

“This started as a hobby for Dave and I over a decade ago,” Turicik says. “We had a start-up company we sold to Barry. A few months ago he approached Dave about buying LOC/PRECISION. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

Precision Paper Converters expands, installs new equipment

Precision Paper Converters, headquartered in Northeast Wisconsin, announced a $5.8 million expansion of its facility and installation of a state-of-the-art facial tissue interfolder and cartoner. The Bretting interfolder, named “VARiUM,” is the first of its kind in North America, and the patent-pending technology allows for variable cutoff lengths and folded panel widths.

The Langen Group cartoner also has several features that support PPC’s core competencies of flexibility and reliability in facial tissue contract converting. The new equipment is designed to improve ergonomics and safety levels for operators. The machine installation is complete, and startup began in late October.