Broadwind Receives Grant for Drivetrain Service Center

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Broadwind Energy, Inc., announces that the Development Corporation of Abilene awarded its Broadwind Services subsidiary Energy Maintenance Service, LLC, a financial assistance package of approximately $902,000, which will be applied to facility improvements and support equipment at the company’s drivetrain service center in Abilene, Texas. A portion of the assistance package will help enable the creation of jobs at the drivetrain service center. Broadwind is currently receiving gearboxes for remanufacturing and plans to hold the grand opening for its drivetrain service center in February 2011.

“Abilene is at the center of wind energy in Texas,” according to Peter C. Duprey, president and CEO of Broadwind. “This new drivetrain service center will harness Broadwind’s 85 years of gearing experience with our services expertise to offer turnkey gearbox remanufacturing. We appreciate the Development Corporation of Abilene’s financial support of this important renewable energy project. With approximately 160 employees in Texas, Broadwind is excited to continue to create jobs that contribute to clean energy across America.”

When online, Broadwind’s drivetrain service center will provide a comprehensive suite of multi-megawatt gearbox remanufacturing services, including failure analysis, engineering, disassembly, gear regrinding, clean assembly, and testing functions. Richard Burdine, CEO of the Development Corporation of Abilene, says that “on behalf of the DCOA Board, we are very pleased to help Broadwind Energy expand its wind service capabilities in West Texas with this state-of-the-art facility.”

Broadwind Energy, Inc., based in Naperville, Illinois, provides technologically advanced high-value products and services to the U.S. wind energy industry. Broadwind’s product and service portfolio provides customers, including wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm developers and wind farm operators, with access to a broad array of wind component and service offerings. These product and service offerings include wind turbine gearing systems, wind turbine structural towers, industrial products, technical services, precision repair and engineering services, and logistics. To learn more go to www.bwen.com.