Two leading West Michigan companies have joined forces to plan a Muskegon manufacturing center designed to support the state's growing commercial wind industry.
The proposed consortium of the two companies and multiple others — including at least one global firm — would not be a developer of wind farms but a group of companies and supporting agencies which wants to build parts for wind turbines, ship those parts across the globe and service the land-based wind industry.
And they want to do it from Muskegon.
The goal is to develop a Michigan Energy and Technology Center somewhere on the shores of Muskegon Lake. The manufacturing and wind industry support center would be an industrial campus with access to Muskegon's deep-water port.
Perfect. Although the Chinese are throwing a bunch of money at wind as well, shipping/lead times on turbine components can really add up, making manufacturing in America a very competitive proposition.
More coming on this Sunday at the Muskegon Chronicle, so stay tuned...
Update: It's L3 Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon and Rockford Berge in Grand Rapids, along with a host of other interested parties.
Besides defense contractor L3, Rockford Construction and the Spanish international transportation company Berge, the wind consortium initially includes Consumers Energy, Sand Products Corp. – owners of the Mart Dock in Muskegon – Energetx Composites in Holland and Verplank Trucking of Ferrysburg.
Also part of the group is Gamesa Energy, the Spanish energy company in the process of signing a development agreement with Muskegon County to investigate building a $300 million, 150-megawatt wind turbine operation on the county's Wastewater Management System property.
As L3 and Rockford Berge put together a more extensive list of companies wanting to be a part of the Muskegon development, the group will work with community economic development agencies, local governments and West Michigan colleges.
Very cool. Sounds like the start of a wonderful opportunity - hope the state and the feds get behind it as well.