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|GREDA Building the Wind Turbine Supply Chain Workshop October 22nd
|Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association (GREDA), in partnership with the Western Illinois Corridor Council (WICC), will host a "Building the Wind Turbine Supply Chain Workshop" later this month at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center in Macomb.
The event is sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.
The full-day workshop will enable manufacturers to evaluate their capabilities relative to customer requirements, and begin to develop their plan for penetrating the market. Experts in the field of renewable energy will highlight market opportunities in the wind sector for attending manufacturers.
The goal of the workshop is to help build a new industry of wind turbine components that will create new jobs and investments throughout Illinois. The workshop will also feature information on growing trends in wind power, major supply chain needs in the wind energy systems industry, retooling investments, and process upgrades that suppliers must address in order to comply with wind industry standards.
"Illinois has already passed the first 1,000 megawatt mark for wind energy, and interest in this industry continues to be strong around the state," said workshop speaker David Loomis, director of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University which administers the Illinois Wind Working Group affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America's state Wind Working Groups.
Additional workshop speakers will include Ed Weston and Matt Garran of WIRE-Net's Great Lakes Wind NetworkTM, an industry-led organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose mission is to increase the domestic content of North America's wind turbines; and Bob Weinstein of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC), a nonprofit economic development and manufacturing consulting organization, part of the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership that works with over 25,000 manufacturers each year to help develop and implement market diversification/growth strategies, ensure product quality, implement lean manufacturing and administrative processes, and integrate new technology into their operations.
The workshop is Thursday, October 22, 8:30AM to 5PM. The early bird registration fee is $95 through October 7. As of October 8 the registration fee increases to $125. The deadline for all registrations is October 19.
The workshop is open to the public and will cover business opportunities in the renewable energy industry. Companies that may benefit from attending include manufacturers of supplemental equipment, machine shops, foundries, and more.
|10 03 09 by Newsroom
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