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AC Wind wants to bring turbine plant to Salisbury

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s first wind turbine blade manufacturer could be running in two years, spitting out three 130-foot long turbine blades daily from a plant in Salisbury.

AC Wind plans to spend upward of $10 million retrofitting a former US Marine boat plant to begin molding fiberglass wind turbine blades, company executives told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.

If successful, AC Wind would be the state’s first manufacturer of wind turbine parts and could hire more than 200 workers to build the blades.

“We’re not representing research and development, we’re going to be true manufacturing, creating hundreds of jobs, and made in the state of Maryland,” said John Congedo, president of AC Wind.

The Obama administration has prioritized offshore wind energy development along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. Working in coordination with East Coast governors, the Interior Department has outlined a handful of wind energy areas, including one zone about 12 miles east of Ocean City.

Working from the state’s end, Gov. Martin O’Malley is pushing a proposal that would mandate state utilities buy the wind energy generated in those zones. If successful, Maryland utilities would lock in to 25-year wind energy contracts.

“In this competitive new economy, the states that win will be those that succeed in leveraging innovation into job creation and economic growth,” O’Malley said at a House hearing on his offshore wind bill last week.

The O’Malley administration is estimating that 500 megawatts could be generated by turbines in the federal zone off Maryland’s coast and that they could be running by 2016.

Eight companies, including one managed by O’Malley’s former chief of staff, Michael Enright, have shown interest in developing the federal plots.

European companies have long built the parts needed for each turbine — including the towers, blades and turbines themselves. But supporters, including O’Malley, have sold offshore wind as a way to create a new industry supplying wind projects along the East Coast.

The Salisbury plant would be overhauled to make the fiberglass blades to specifications provided by turbine manufacturers like GE, Congedo said. AC Wind is partnering with Molded Fiber Glass Cos. in Ohio, he said.

The blades would be molded to those specifications, then shipped by rail or barge and eventually attached to the turbines, Congedo said.

“We really want to bring this back to the U.S. and specifically to Maryland,” said Rick Gay, AC Wind’s chief operating officer. “We don’t want to see this work going away. We want to do it right here.”

14 comments

  1. The whole thing is hot air. They are just trying to spend money on a energy system that is not proven and will do nothing but put money is friends pocket.

  2. I worked at the boat plant as cell lead
    loking for job opportunities

  3. I know 1 or 2 of the AC Wind executives personally for a bunch of years now. All things considered …. I couldn’t imagine a more dynamic group of individuals that would be better suited for bringing this green-technology initiative to life here in the states, as a US manufacturer. To date, most companies throwing their ‘hats-into-the-ring’ on development of US wind power systems and their respective equipment & components, have relied on overseas companies in providing the design, manufacturing, engineering, and service/maintenance support necessary for these green power generation systems.
    AC Wind has taken the past several years developing the necessary infrastructure needed to provide these green power-generation systems and support here in the US from concept, through manufacturing and installation, while keeping everything running smooth by providing all technical support from engineering through replacement components for their clients …. with locally manufactured parts, local technical personnel, etc.

    So what is the BIG deal you ask between the common ‘sales-rep’ method of selling overseas wind technology in the states and what Congedo and his team are doing?
    AC Wind has developed their company founded on the principals of America(ns)-First, before calculating profits. John C. and his partners at ACWind are one of the VERY few remaining ‘old-school’ businessmen who recognize all the opportunities in this field not just for their company or pockets, but for the United States as a whole in re-establishing ourselves as a Global Technological Leader in this newly emerging green-technology field. They actually believe they first have a responsibility in advancing America and Americans by keeping all stages of the Wind Systems development and implementation here in the states; bringing jobs back to our people first.

    Development of the systems, equipment, parts & components, etc. they provide will be MADE-IN-AMERICA, by AMERICANS …. for AMERICANS. NO SHIPPING OF JOBS TO OUR OVERSEAS COMPETITION AS A STARTING POINT!! How many companies are thinking of the American working-man or our status as a technological leader anymore as part of their business model? NONE!

    I think this company’s business model should be used as an example to American businesses in initiating a widespread philosophical-epedemic of \AMERICA FIRST\ back into the minds and practices of our business leaders today. Everything in American business today has become dog-eat-dog in the never ending pursuit of cost-cutting, downsizing, and maximizing pofit-margins with no regard for who it affects or what happens tomorrow.

    President Obama ….. are you listening/ watching?? We need more initiatives like this in America today first and foremost! I hope this is getting some attention up your end of town!

    WAY TO GO ACWind!! Keep Americans first!

    Paul M

  4. how can I contact AC Wind to get a job application I worked at the boat plant for 13 years 4 years in quality and would like to contribute to the success of building the windmill blades here in Salisbury 410-548-9459

  5. I would like some information on how to contact this company.

  6. I can’t wait for that opening!

  7. I am looking for work, would like to be a part of your company. I’m a manual machanists and weld. I’ve been out of work for over a year. Please get back with me. You have my email adress, my phone number is 1-410-845-0839. Thank You very much.

  8. How can I contact AC Wind to get a Job? I’m in maintenance
    right now but also I’m mechanically inclined.
    302-258-8809. Thank you.

  9. I am currently employed but am looking for a change. I have done factory worked before, I had worked at Wheaton Pharmatech for 7 years. I would like to know how I would be able to get a job application and apply for some type of production work with this company.

  10. Im a former employee @ Bayliner/Maxim Yachts & would like the oppurtunity to grow in the field of wind power. Also would like to get application for employment. Contact me @ thegreatestdane63@gmail.com.

  11. Being a single parent trying to re-enter the work force. This is an great idea to bring jobs to Salisbury.

  12. I am very interested in an opportunity for employment. I spent 25 yrs as a senior maintenance mechanic in a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania and would like to use my experiance and knowledge and be a part of AC Wind success in the Salsbury plant. Please contact me via email when the application and hiring process begins. Thank you.

  13. I am interested in a job oppurtunity with this company please feel free to notify me via email on how to obtain an application or when the hiring process starts.thank you god bless

  14. I would be very interested insome information about gaining employment.I have spent most of my life in warehousing and or maufacturing (mostly injection molding)and be pleasd to receive some information as to how to apply.Thank you for you your time. Anthony S Conrad

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