From Green Right Now Reports
GLWN, also known as the Great Lakes Wind Network, has teamed up with the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation to help bring more small and medium manufacturers into the developing U.S. wind energy business.
The partnership will help these smaller firms build capacity so they can supply parts for North American wind turbines, and in turn, strengthen growing U.S. wind markets.
Part of the money for this joint project will come from the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s (NIST) Clean Energy Manufacturing Center, which is trying to help U.S. manufacturers find a place on the production chain for wind power.
The center has programs in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Montana — known as the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center; Indiana Purdue TAP; Montana Manufacturing Extension Project, and West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Project.
GLWN, a non profit group affiliated with 1,600 suppliers, also will be working with the American Wind Energy Association, the United Steelworkers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing, to speed the development and capacity of U.S. manufacturers to service the wind energy sector.
“We’ve been saying all along that the wind market is ‘tailor-made’ for U.S. heavy industry. With the right resources there are opportunities to manufacture turbine components as well as parts for wind-related infrastructure and logistics supply chains,” said Ed Weston, Director of GLWN.
The U.S. needs to focus on wind manufacturing if it is to compete against established foreign suppliers, Weston said.
GLWN, located in Cleveland, launched in 2007.