Global Specialized Services (GSS), now TAKKION, and Colt Whisenhunt receive high honors!

Global Specialized Services (GSS), now TAKKION, and Colt Whisenhunt receive high honors!

TAKKION team member, Colt Whisenhunt, received a Crane Operator Safety Award for exhibiting exemplary work achievements! 

He was one of 85 individuals representing 16 member companies to receive this award. Requirements included: Certified by a nationally accredited certification body; 10,000 consecutive man hours; Zero accidents or incidents; Zero lost calendar days; and zero failed random or post-accident drug test during the program year.

GSS was one of eight (8) companies to achieve a SC&RA Transportation Safety Award for having no recordable accidents! 

Zero Accident Awards are awarded to companies that meet the Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) criteria, plus zero recordable accidents as defined by the National Safety Council.

We are so proud of Colt and the GSS teams for their commitment to safety and these well-deserved awards!

Exciting News: Legacy Brand Realignment to Takkion Operating LLC

Exciting News: Legacy Brand Realignment to Takkion Operating LLC

We have an exciting development that designates a significant realignment of our legacy brands to a unified entity – Takkion Operating LLC.

This strategic decision is rooted in our commitment to streamline our operations, enhance efficiency, and provide you with an even more cohesive and integrated experience. Takkion Operating LLC will serve as the umbrella for our established brands, ensuring a seamless transition that aligns with our ongoing efforts to optimize our services.

Takkion Operating LLC embodies the values that have always been at the core of our business: safety, integrity, transparency and a dedication to providing you, our esteemed customers, with the highest quality products and services.

Please note that while our name is changing, our commitment to you remains unwavering. You can continue to expect the same level of professionalism, expertise, and customer service that you have come to rely on. Our team remains unchanged, and we are excited about the opportunities this realignment brings to further enhance our offerings and strengthen our partnership with you.

The official realignment will take effect on January 1st, 2024. Throughout this period, you may observe updates to our branding, communications, and online platforms to reflect the cohesive integration of our legacy brands of Transportation Partners & Logistics, Global Specialized Services, Renew Energy & Airway Services under the Takkion Operating LLC umbrella.

We genuinely appreciate your continued support and trust in our company. We look forward to the future as Takkion Operating LLC and are excited about the opportunities to serve you even better under our realigned name.
Thank you for your understanding and continued partnership.

Takkion Operating LLC

TAKKION Named RAP Sponsor

TAKKION Named RAP Sponsor

TAKKION Management Co., LLC was recently recognized as a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor. 

TAKKION is recognized by both the State of Wyoming and the State of Texas. They will now be pursuing a National registration. 

TAKKION has opened itself up to working with countless apprentices, all of whom put in thousands of hours of work to become certified wind turbine service technicians. 

“Being a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor allows us to hire new employees or move current employees into the apprenticeship, and it allows them the opportunity to become a certified apprentice in our program, which is that of a wind turbine service technician,” said Kayla Allen, the Learning and Development Manager for Transportation Partners and Logistics. “Within the RAP, it is 2,000 hours each year of on-the-job learning, and we measure competencies based off of our work process schedule.” 

Within the RAP, TAKKION has a work process schedule with multiple different competencies that apprentices have to meet at the end of the apprenticeship program. The journey workers and the managers at the sites where the apprentices are working are the ones who measure the competencies and ensure that they are completed. Apprentices must also complete 144 hours per year of related instruction, made up of in-person training in any of TAKKION’s three training centers or online courses.

This is a major accomplishment for TAKKION, and it’s one that benefits TAKKION’s customers as well. 

“We have customers all across the country that we provide services for, and because we are now a RAP Sponsor, our customers are eligible for tax credits through the Inflation Reduction Act,” Allen stated. “The Inflation Reduction Act has a requirement for registered apprentices to be working on the job site, so in order for customers to be eligible for these credits, we have to be able to provide the apprenticeship labor for them.” 

Being a RAP Sponsor benefits TAKKION and its customers. But it also offers opportunities to those looking to begin a career in the wind industry. 

“This is an opportunity for anybody that is transitioning out of the military into civilian careers,” Allen shared. “We’re able to advertise our apprenticeship program with the Veterans Commission. It also offers an opportunity to graduating high school seniors, giving them the chance to enter into a trade and learn those skills, as opposed to taking out loans and going to college. They can immediately enter the workforce, get the training they need, provided by us, and also get paid while they’re doing it.” 

Becoming a RAP Sponsor is an incredible achievement for TAKKION; it’s one that benefits all parties involved, and it just further proves that TAKKION is committed to being one of the most successful, innovative companies in the wind industry. 

“It shows that TAKKION as a whole is leading the industry,” Allen said. “We strive to be an industry leader, and by becoming recognized as a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor in two states, we are one of the first companies in our industry that is able to offer apprenticeship labor to our customers.”

RENEW Energy Electrical and Maintenance Divisions Win South Dakota Safety Council/ Governor’s Awards

RENEW Energy Electrical and Maintenance Divisions Win South Dakota Safety Council/ Governor’s Awards

Two divisions of RENEW Energy were recently named as recipients of the South Dakota Safety Council: Governor’s Awards. 

The South Dakota Safety Council is an organization that, since 1949, has provided programs and services to employees and workers, as well as entire communities, to prevent injuries and keep people safe. 

Per the SDSC website, the organization provides “information, education, and training in workplace and traffic safety, as well as programs and resources for home and community.” 

While primarily based in Sioux Falls, SDSC offers on-site and regional training sessions.

“We place particular emphasis on helping our members reduce injuries and costly claims, increase productivity, and stay competitive,” the website continued. “Our members know that protecting their organizations and protecting their people go hand in hand – and that we are here with them for the long haul.” 

The SDSC provides a variety of services, including motorcycle safety training, workplace safety training and consultation, First Aid/CPR/AED training, traffic safety training, family/community safety resources, and more. 

They also put on annual conferences and partner with the Governor of South Dakota to present the annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards, which recognize South Dakota employers for excellence in Safety. 

RENEW Energy was one of those employers. 

“As a contractor that’s based out of Sioux Falls, we are a member of the South Dakota Safety Council, which is a chapter of a larger national organization known as the National Safety Council, or NSC,” said Kyle Bernhardt, the Director of Safety, Health, and Environment for RENEW Energy. “Every year, the SDSC offers the Governor’s Awards and we apply based on our location and by our industry classification.”

RENEW is also based out of Sioux Falls, so they applied using that location. But they also applied via their industry classification. This is known as an N-A-I-C-S Code, and RENEW submitted applications for two different entities – RENEW Energy Maintenance and RENEW Energy Electrical. 

Both sectors won the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

These awards are given based on a number of different criteria focusing on safety statistics. SDSC reviewed the past three years of safety data, focusing on RENEW’s statistics from 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

“We have a very comprehensive safety program,” Bernhardt stated. “The industry that we work in, the wind turbine industry, is a highly hazardous industry. With that, we have to have a good, comprehensive safety program, as well as a good, strong, comprehensive safety culture. I believe that we have that. And these awards proved it.” 

Bernhardt was quick to acknowledge the RENEW Training Department, which, he said, played a pivotal role in this accomplishment.

“Without proper employee training, we would all be at a greater risk,” he stated. “The culture at RENEW is really important as well. One of the really great things about RENEW is that the COO, Travis Harkins, really holds his frontline managers and service line managers accountable. He also holds his employees accountable when it comes to working safely. And he is always there to allocate resources in order to support the safety functions of the organization.” 

Safety, Bernhardt said, is one of the most critical aspects of the organization. 

“Our employees are our most important assets,” he shared. “Not because of what they provide to the company, but because they are actual human beings. As an employer, we are ultimately responsible for providing them with a safe and helpful working environment.” 

Safety is at the forefront of each and every project that RENEW Energy takes on. Because of the company’s commitment to safety, it came as no surprise to anybody that they were honored with these Outstanding Achievement Awards. 

“These awards reflect RENEW’s stance that we are the best in class,” Bernhardt said. “Not only in what we do and what we offer to our customers, but also in terms of safety and quality. So the fact that we’re winning these awards is just indicative of a larger picture – that we’re promoting a safe culture, and we’re keeping our people safe.” 

RENEW Energy will continue to distinguish itself as a company that is committed to safety. These awards will continue to come in, simply because RENEW providing a safe workplace for its people is the most important thing that it does. That commitment to safety, that commitment to excellence, is something that reverberates from the top of the company right down to the bottom. Every single person under the RENEW label, under the TAKKION label, knows how important safety is, and they will not settle for anything less than the best. 

“Here’s the thing,” Bernhardt shared. “I got up there and accepted the award, but this award really goes to our frontline people that are out there performing the work. Because without them, RENEW doesn’t exist. So this award is really for them, at the end of the day. Obviously, our management team, our stakeholders, and our customers share recognition for accepting this award, but I really believe this award is for our technicians who climb the towers every day. RENEW, and TAKKION as a whole is committed to protecting our employees and providing them with a safe work environment while also delivering the best possible product to our customers.”

The Benefits of Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage Systems in the United States

The Benefits of Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage Systems in the United States

In recent years, the United States has witnessed a remarkable surge in the deployment of utility-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). As the demand for renewable energy sources increases and the grid infrastructure evolves, BESS emerges as a crucial solution to address the intermittency and reliability challenges associated with renewable energy generation. 

Airway Services knows this. Airway offers a variety of services within the renewable energy industry. Along with services in Wind and Solar Energy, Airway offers Battery Storage options to its customers as well. 

Brad Gryder, the Director of Business Development for Airway Services stated that Airway began really taking notice of battery energy a few years ago. 

“We were already providing services in wind and solar, and we just wanted to look at diversifying our services,” Gryder said. “Some of our customers, who are asset owners, were actually looking at purchasing battery storage equipment for their wind and solar sites. So, with that, we thought it might be a good transition, with the expertise that our technicians already possess, to transfer from wind and solar over to battery storage.”

Airway seized the opportunity to offer battery storage services two years ago and started providing BESS services to battery storage manufactures and asset owners. Now, they have around 30 battery storage technicians working throughout the US, led by Bradley Overholser, the Operations Manager for Airway Services. 

“Right now, a lot of our manpower is based in Southern California,” Overholser stated. “Right at the border of Arizona, we’ve got two sites there and we also have other technicians currently assigned to the west Texas area and Nevada. Previously, we’ve done most of our battery storage work in Texas, Arizona, California, and the northeast.” 

In short, Airway is focused on providing battery storage services all across the country, and it makes sense because there are several benefits to Battery Energy Storage Systems, both for asset owners and utility companies. Some of those benefits include: 

Enhancing Grid Stability

Utility-scale BESS plays a pivotal role in ensuring grid stability in the United States. The renewable energy sector, including wind and solar, heavily relies on weather conditions and time of day, which results in intermittent power generation. By storing excess energy during periods of high generation and releasing it during peak demand, BESS mitigates the effects of this intermittency, thereby reducing the likelihood of blackouts and voltage fluctuations. The ability of BESS to provide fast-response power injections also enhances grid resiliency, enabling a reliable and stable electricity supply to consumers.

Fostering Renewable Integration

One of the primary benefits of utility-scale BESS lies in its ability to facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. The intermittent nature of renewables poses challenges to their widespread adoption, as excess energy during peak generation times often goes to waste. BESS effectively addresses this issue by storing surplus renewable energy and releasing it during periods of high demand or low generation. This process, known as load shifting, helps to optimize the utilization of renewable energy sources, reducing curtailment and increasing their overall effectiveness in meeting energy demands.

Reducing Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Utility-scale BESS also plays a crucial role in reducing the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, fossil fuels have been the backbone of energy generation due to their reliability and consistent supply. However, with the urgent need to combat climate change and transition towards cleaner energy sources, BESS offers an ideal solution. By storing excess renewable energy, BESS enables the grid to rely less on fossil fuel-based power plants during peak demand, thus reducing carbon emissions and promoting a more sustainable energy landscape.

Grid Infrastructure Optimization

The deployment of utility-scale BESS offers additional benefits beyond stabilizing the grid and facilitating renewable integration. By providing ancillary services such as frequency regulation and voltage support, BESS can optimize the existing grid infrastructure. This reduces the need for costly grid expansions and upgrades, ultimately leading to cost savings for utilities and consumers alike. Additionally, BESS can act as a backup power source during emergencies, providing critical electricity supply during outages or natural disasters.

Airway Services continues to learn, grow, and evolve within renewables. The world of battery energy storage is a relatively new one that Airway is excited to be part of. 

“As a company, as we continue to learn more about this field, I think it provides a great opportunity for our technicians to broaden their skillsets,” Overholser shared. “What we’re able to provide is not just an introduction into the BESS system, but also what it has led us to currently, and that’s doing inverter work for customers, getting some other training, and really just broadening ourselves and making sure that we’re well-rounded in all aspects of renewables.”

Gryder agreed. “This actually gives us a broader array of services to provide, because a lot of the asset owners own wind and solar and now they’re going to own battery storage,” he said. “So this gives us more services to provide to our customers on different aspects of their renewable portfolio.”

Utility-scale battery energy storage systems bring numerous benefits to the United States, ranging from enhancing grid stability and fostering renewable integration to reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The deployment of BESS not only ensures a more reliable and resilient electricity supply but also contributes to the overall sustainability and decarbonization goals of the nation. As the country continues to prioritize renewable energy sources, investing in utility-scale BESS becomes increasingly crucial, propelling the United States towards a cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable energy future.

TP&L Awarded Huge ‘Rock River Project’

TP&L Awarded Huge ‘Rock River Project’

Recently, Transportation Partners and Logistics was awarded a major project from PacifiCorp involving the installation of 19 wind turbines in Rock River, Wyoming.

It’s a huge project, and it comes on the heels of an adjacent project TP&L is working on from PacifiCorp – the Foote Creek North project, in McFadden Wyoming. 

After winning the bid for the Foote Creek North project, and proving themselves to be safe, efficient, and dependable, TP&L won the bid for this project as well, beating out multiple other firms. 

“From my understanding, we were awarded Foote Creek North, which happened before I joined the company,” said Nate Evans, the Senior Estimator of this project for TP&L. “And then, we got the opportunity to bid on this project that is adjacent to it. We did have the advantage of familiarity with PacifiCorp – already being here and working next door.” 

Evans stated that it wasn’t just the familiarity with PacifiCorp that won them the bid, however. 

“There is that familiarity,” he stated. “But we’re also one of the only contractors that can offer a true turnkey solution to these sites. We can do the BOP construction, but we can also store the components and deliver them to the site, and I don’t think a lot of other firms can offer all of that, under the same umbrella.”

That’s been one of the biggest benefits of TP&L, Global Specialized Services, RENEW Energy, and Airway Services all coming together under the TAKKION banner – the collaboration between the companies offers a start-to-finish project line, resulting in easier, and more cost-effective solutions for clients. This project is a perfect example of that, as is the Foote Creek project.

Previously, TP&L began working on the Foote Creek project in the summer of 2022, splitting the roads and foundations. This summer, they will complete the erection portion and mechanical completion. Likewise, TP&L is splitting up this project as well. 

“It’s a split schedule,” Evans stated. “Meaning, a portion of the scope will be complete in 2023 and the remaining portion is going to be complete in 2024. This year, we will do the MV collection system and Civil scope.  Civil consists of Cut and Fill, foundations,  site survey, SWPPP (StormWater Pollution Prevention Plan), access roads, crane pads and laydown areas. Next year, we will perform the Mechanical and Electrical scopes, Offload, Erection of the towers, the tower wiring and the mechanical completion or MCC.” 

Like the Foote Creek project, because of Wyoming’s notorious elements – rain, snow and, especially, wind – TP&L will perform the majority of the work in the summer. 

Evans, himself, has been pivotal to this project, since before it even started, though he would never say so himself. 

“I’ve played a little bit of a dual role with this project,” he stated. “I was here for the reverse auction, just before the award. That was right when I came on board with the company and then I took that and ultimately built the project budget. We have a rather complicated estimating software, which allowed me to reverse engineer our bid and build a detailed project budget. I’ve also set up the tracking portion of that, we track against the budget in real time out in the field. That not only helps us stay on budget, but gives data-driven historical information for future estimates.  I’ve also helped with the procurement of the Medium Voltage Cable for the collection system.”

Evans also helped hire a subcontractor for a different portion of the project. While relatively new to TP&L, Evans has proven himself, already, to be indispensable. 

Evans was quick to note that, out of all the different aspects of this project, as with any project, safety is the most important of all. 

“It’s essential,” he stated. “From the first time we hear about a project and start looking at it, it’s one of the very first things that we talk about. It’s ‘What does the safety element look like? What are the requirements, not only for the management onsite, but the safety materials, and the PPE, and the crew safety?’ We’re figuring out how many crews and how many hours and such that they’re going to work, trying to make sure that the guys aren’t too fatigued. We don’t want to work people to the point that could cause something bad to happen.” 

In fact, this project alone will employ between 70 to 75 people, including technicians, drivers, managers, and more. It’s a big project, and it’s one that the entire TP&L team is proud to have won. 

“I’m proud to see our company be able to take this on,” Evans said. “I think, especially for a division in its infancy, so to speak, this is a pretty big undertaking. I’m proud that we’re at that point and that we have an exceptionally talented team, and we have the competency and the people to do this. From the start of this division, taking on a project this size happened at a rather rapid pace. I’m proud of the team, our progression, and that we continue to attract the talent necessary to build these projects”.

Denver Training Facility First in North America to Offer All Three Additional GWO Certifications

Denver Training Facility First in North America to Offer All Three Additional GWO Certifications

Recently, various trainers within the TAKKION companies began the Global Wind Organization (GWO) certification process for three additional certifications. This is in addition to the two trainings that technicians were already certified in. 

The three certifications are for CoHE – Control of Hazardous Energy, ART – Advanced Rescue Training, and SLS – Slinger Signaler Training. 

“GWO is a globally recognized certification process,” said Brett Citrowske, the Director of Training for RENEW Energy. “Their goal is to create certifications that can provide training to all of the individuals that work on wind turbines across the world. For any wind company that’s doing work with the major players – some of the large OEM and tower providers – you have to have GWO certifications.” 

Takkion companies are already certified in two areas – Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) – and these three newest certifications are just the latest standards that numerous TAKKION employees have become certified in. 

TAKKION’s Denver Training Facility is actually the first facility in North America to offer all of these certifications at a single location. 

“We now have our certification in the SLS, the CoHE, and the ART and I think that’s what makes us unique,” said Willie Knoerschild, the Senior Instructor at the Denver Training Center. “That’s what makes us stand out throughout the country. And it’s because of the support team that we have throughout the network of TAKKION and all of their entities; it’s the commitment from those companies to make us a world-class training facility.” 

And that’s exactly what the Denver Training Facility really is. Citrowske agrees. 

“What you’re able to see through the collaborative effort between TP&L, and RENEW, and Airway, and the individuals who work at the DTC is that it really was a team work kind of thing,” he stated. “There is no other location that has all of the GWO certifications that the DTC has. So, it’s a pretty powerful tool.”

Citrowske stated that TAKKION was approached by a few different customers that said they were looking to have specific certifications for their technicians and, in just a few short months, the DTC offered courses to achieve those certifications. 

But, Citrowske stated, this certification process was more than just reading a few handouts and answering a few questions. 

“When you get certified, there are a lot of different certifications that you can get,” he stated. “And with many of those certifications, you’ll take the material that another company has put together and you’ll apply that material, but they’ll kind of tell you how to present it. They’ll tell you all of the resources that you need and they’ll basically spoon feed it to you and give you everything that you need.” 

That’s now how the process went for these certifications. 

“Two of the different standards that we’re certified to do now – we didn’t have anybody that was able to lay that foundation for us,” Citrowske revealed. “All we had to go off of was the GWO standard. And so collectively, as a group – TP&L, Airway, and RENEW – we created all the material for it. We went through it, we demoed it, we shared it with the group and then we went and got audited under that. And the auditor actually said, ‘Hey, there’s not a lot of other companies that have these GWO certificates.” 

Citrowske said the reason they were able to accomplish this milestone is because they worked together as an entire TAKKION team. 

“That’s the exciting thing about it,” he said. “We had this huge accomplishment and we have a facility that… now nobody in North America has this set of specific GWO courses. And we were only able to achieve that through this collective group. And it really shows the power of working together.” 

Drew Edwards, the HR Coordinator of the Denver Training Facility, knows all about team work. In fact, the majority of his job is to ensure that people work together as a team. This accomplishment serves as a perfect example of the power of team work, and what can be accomplished when such skilled individuals come together to combine their skills for one common purpose. 

“This project had decades of experience between the people and the multiple companies under the TAKKION umbrella that came together to make it happen,” Edwards said. “I think it just shows the dedication and the finances that TAKKION wants to put into make sure that the training facilities they have within the company are topnotch; not just with their knowledge, but also topnotch with their trainers and making sure those trainers are equipped with every sort of certification that would cover any issue that might arise.” 

Knoerschild said that, as a trainer himself, he believes that his job is to empower the technicians and give them the skill sets that they need to go home safely at the end of the day. 

These certifications allow those technicians to do just that. Knoerschild said that the technicians are TAKKION’s greatest assets, and their safety is the number one priority each and every day. 

“I think we’re providing a great resource to the company,” Knoerschild said. “At the Denver Training Facility, we believe that one must not only know what harm is, what the dangers are, what the hazards are – but then also they need to know what to do when those hazards occur. My job is to ensure that our technicians have the skills and training to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and to safely get home to their loved ones.” 

Edwards said that when it comes to technicians, their secondary job is to be a blade technician or a maintenance technician or any other kind of technician; their first job is to be a lifesaver. 

“At the training center, our big mantra is to train for the expected, but to also prepare our technicians for the unexpected,” he said. 

The timeframe in which these certifications were achieved is absolutely incredible. And all parties involved agree that it only happened the way it did because of the teamwork between all of the agencies. 

“I’m really proud of the team,” Citrowske said. “As a training group, we haven’t had to collaborate together in a way that was both relatively high-pressure and on a short schedule, which required people to operate at a pretty high level. But each group had things that they contributed and we couldn’t have – we wouldn’t have – been able to achieve this without each one of those groups putting forth incredible effort.”

RENEW – Enid Remanufacturing Center

RENEW – Enid Remanufacturing Center

Constantly leading the way for wind power maintenance, RENEW Energy is currently building a new Remanufacturing Center in Enid, Oklahoma. 

Strategically located, the facility will be in close proximity to numerous industrial-scale wind farms in the heart of the North American wind corridor. This location will reduce transportation, as well as storage costs. It will also minimize delivery time when customers experience an unscheduled component failure.

“Essentially, the purpose of this facility in Enid is to rebuild two different components [of wind turbines],” said Mike Feltman, the Director of Engineering and R&D for RENEW Energy. “One component will be the main shafts of the wind turbine, and the other component is the gearbox. And a lot of people don’t understand how big these things are. Gear boxes are 36,000 pounds and the main shafts are 26,000 to 30,000 pounds.” 

Speaking of size, this new facility will feature 50,000 sq. ft of temperature and humidity-controlled workspace. It will consist of a 7MW gearbox load test bench, and a 100T bridge crane capacity. 

“The Enid facility is going to do complete teardowns of gear boxes” Feltman said. “They’ll do a full analysis report that will then go to the site’s owner – the parent company or the power company or whomever – and it will explain the damages that were found and what needs to be replaced. Then, along with that, we’ll get a quote to refurbish, repair, and rebuild that gearbox back to OEM specifications, and even make some improvements as well.” 

The goal is to perform these tasks in a way that is efficient, safe and cost effective for turbine owners.

“TP&L already had the complex in Enid,” said Gary Cavigielli, the Vice President of Remanufacturing and R&D for RENEW Energy. “We are installing a seven-megawatt test stand, which would be the largest in the United States to continue being a leader within the industry with all of the larger platforms that are going to become available to us. It’s all about being able to take care of our customers.” 

Feltman stated that the industry is lending itself to using larger and larger wind turbines. Because of this, the Enid facility is being created to handle the construction of current turbines, but it’s also preparing to build larger turbines in the future. 

“Currently, in our Sioux Falls facility, we have a three-megawatt test stand,” Feltman said. “The Enid facility’s test stand is going to be a seven-megawatt stand. RENEW’s Enid facility is targeted towards the future machines. Obviously, we’ll start with machines that we’re already repairing in that facility, but it’s really kind of tailored and targeted more for the future – for five or seven or eight years from now. That’s kind of the core concept of what the facility is supposed to be sized for.” 

Cavigielli said that construction has already started on the new facility. 

“They have the dirt work done today,” he said. “They should be starting to pour the foundations either next week or the week after that which will keep everything on track to have the new facility put up by the time the testing equipment shows up in the first part of August.”

Cavigelli said that the plan is to hopefully be at least semi-operational by the fourth quarter of 2023. 

According to Feltman, a big reason why they decided to build this facility in Enid, Oklahoma is because it is centrally located. It’s in the middle of the ‘Wind Corridor,’ which means that it can work with wind farm owners from Texas, California, Wyoming, North Dakota, and more. 

One of the major factors of this new Enid facility is the number of jobs that it will create. Cavigielli stated that he will be going to Enid to begin interviewing potential new hires. They’ve already hired some technicians, who are now training at the facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

“Once everything is in place and once we get the facility operational, we’ll be hiring a lot more people,” he stated. “I don’t know exact timelines, but we’re probably looking at having at least 40 new hires coming on – maybe even up to 90 if we get to the point where we get a second shift up and running down there.” 

RENEW is partnering with the Autry Technical Center – a tech school in Enid, to begin developing a training program for potential employees. 

“They already have an electromechanical course, and we’re hoping to expand on that and make it somewhat specific to the wind industry; with gear boxes and main shaft work,” Feltman stated. “We’ll use that as a stepping stone for employees to learn the basics and then come into the company on a full-time basis.” 

This new facility will serve a variety of purposes – all in an effort to make the wind industry even bigger, better, and brighter in the future. 

“There is a lot of opportunity in this industry for people that are willing to learn and get engaged in what’s going on,” Feltman said. “There’s a lot of opportunity from a variety of levels.” 

The most important level, of course, is keeping their existing – and new- customers happy. 

“The biggest part of this whole thing is simply to be able to take care of our customers’ needs,” Cavigielli said. “Everything else kind of revolves around that.”