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.

Sincerely,
Takkion Operating LLC

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.”

GSS and TP&L Partner Together on Foote Creek Wind Farm Project

When Takkion acquired Transportation Partners & Logistics, Global Specialized Services, Airway Services, and RENEW Energy, the overarching goal was to become an all-in-one service provider in the wind industry. Since these acquisitions, several key projects have been just that, with the Foote Creek Wind Farm being one of the most recent examples of the partnership between the companies.

Recently, GSS and TP&L worked together to offload, store, complete maintenance on, transport, offload, and erect all necessary components of the Foote Creek Wind Farm – a 41.4-megawatt renewable energy project located in Carbon County, Wyoming.

“In 2020, we transported 10 wind turbines from Colorado to Casper, and they went into storage,” said Dylan Wisroth, the Senior Operations Manager for Global Specialized Services. “They were stored and maintained by TP&L for three years, leading up to the Foote Creek Project. 10 of the 11 wind turbines used in that project were stored by TP&L.”

“All the maintenance was complete for the turbines prior to them going out into the field,” he stated. “And it’s a really cool project because it is one of the first ones that we handled together from start to finish – from transportation, to maintenance, to storage, and then to final offload and erection.”

The Foote Creek project, which is scheduled to be up and fully functional by the end of 2023, isn’t just a victory for TP&L and GSS – it’s a victory for all of the Takkion companies, and it’s a prime example of just what can be accomplished when these teams work together.

“This is a special project for all of us at Takkion,” Wisroth said. “It’s definitely the first time we’ve done a full, turnkey project like this.”

It’s been stated that the turbine technology of this wind farm will increase the energy output of the entire facility by 60 percent, producing enough energy to power 19,500 “typical” homes throughout this region in Wyoming. It’s an important project, and it wouldn’t have happened the way it did without the combined efforts of TP&L and GSS.

“When Takkion was built, our dream from day one has been to strategically acquire other companies and position ourselves as a one-stop-shop,” Wisroth said. “This is full-scope, from start to finish. It wasn’t necessarily awarded to us as a full-scope project at the very beginning due to the services being separated between multiple customers, but it became full-scope by the end of it, which is really special and is an accolade for Takkion in and of itself. This project is a monumental project that everyone within Takkion is proud of.“

That success will continue to present itself in the coming weeks, months, and years, and it is a testament to a motto, a mindset, that everybody throughout all Takkion companies exemplifies.

“It’s something we bring up in every senior management meeting when we’re all sitting around the same table talking about growth and future opportunities,” Wisroth revealed. The motto is ‘One team, one goal, one standard.’ We’re one team, we have one goal in mind, and we’re offering the same high-quality standard across the board.”

The Foote Creek Wind Farm project is proof of that.

RENEW Energy – Update on New Remanufacturing Center in Enid, Oklahoma

RENEW Energy has recently undertaken a new project in Enid, Oklahoma – the construction of a 44,000 square feet remanufacturing center, designed to perform gearbox and main shaft repairs for wind towers.  

This is just one of RENEW’s latest innovations in the world of wind energy as it continues to lead the way for wind and solar power maintenance. 

Enid, Oklahoma, has long served RENEW as a hotbed of wind and solar energy innovations, which made the construction of this new facility a no-brainer when it came to the ‘Where’ of it all. 

“We’re in the heart of the U.S. as far as wind energy goes,” said Greg Haub, the Project Manager for the new facility. “We’ll be putting up a building that’s 44,000 square feet of space and it’s a fully climate-controlled building. The total building capacity, as far as cranes go, is 200 tons. It’s a 200 ton-capacity building, which is actually pretty rare. We can lift 200 tons at one time, 100 tons at each bay. Currently, there are no facilities in the United States that can do what this facility will be able to do.”

Additionally, the facility will feature a 7-megawatt test stand for gearboxes. 

“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.”

The building will also have its own office space, consisting of about 4,800 square feet as well, making it a fully-functional and operational remanufacturing facility.

Haub was hired in April of 2022 to oversee this project. RENEW broke ground with a golden shovel ceremony in October of that same year and real construction began in January of 2023.

“We’ve got three quarters of the building pad (the area upon which future buildings or structures are constructed) complete and another fourth to go,” Haub offered. “Probably within the next couple of weeks we’ll finish the slabs and start setting steel in the next week.”

Haub said that the goal is to have the facility operational by the beginning of the fourth quarter of this year. 

RENEW is partnering with Henson Construction for this project, which will employ up to 40 people or more. 

“One thing about RENEW is that they’re very good about working with the local companies and trying to grow the local community and local economy with their business concepts,” Haub shared. “It’s of great importance to all of us that we have local people involved in the project.” 

This aspect is so important to RENEW that they are partnering with the Autry Technical Center, a tech school located in Enid, to actually begin developing a training program for future 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,” said Mike Feltman, the Director of Engineering and R&D for RENEW. “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.”

The project will offer multiple jobs and it will serve as an all-in-one facility to rebuild the two main components of wind turbines. 

“The purpose of this facility is to act as a one-stop shop to remanufacture wind turbines,” Haub said. “Being able to offer this to customers, to be able to handle the maintenance when breakdowns happen, from anywhere in the United States, in one central location is huge. You’ve got to have a company that is able to support wind turbines and offer service, and that’s what RENEW is doing. It’s a full-service, one-stop shop for wind turbines.” To find out more about the new Remanufacturing Facility in Enid, Oklahoma, or to learn more about all of the other services that RENEW Energy offers, visit the RENEW website or check out the TAKKION Facebook page.

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”.

RENEW – Specialty Services

If you can dream it, class 02 can do it.  RENEW’s Specialty Services division, known as “class 02”, is leading the industry in innovation.  They specialize in highly complex, highly technical repair solutions.  

RENEW customers can count on this team for complete turnkey solutions for component replacement, repair, or supply.  Their specialties include: uptower planetary solutions, gearbox repair, large corrective solutions, infield/uptower machining, diagnostics, main bearing flushing, inspections, engineered improvements and more.  

What sets class 02 apart from the competition is their mechanically inclined technicians and experienced project managers.  Their management team has 65 years of combined industry experience, not including their tenured lead technicians.  Every employee is inducted into an in-house technical training and certification program.  It’s because of their unique skillsets and quality workmanship that our customers keep calling.    

There are currently 14 crews (led by four project managers) deployed and performing work across the nation.  These project managers are dedicated to specific customers.  Assigning one point person has proven very successful in managing projects and provides customers with an avenue for consistent communication throughout the entirety of the project.  Dan Creegan, RENEW’s Director of Specialty Services, expects to see their headcount grow to 100 technicians by the end of the year. 

The Specialty Services team are the pioneers of creative ideas for minimizing costs/maximizing efficiency and have seen many of their concepts through from conception to completion.  In partnership with the engineering and quality control teams, they have custom-designed a wide variety of specialty tooling and fixtures in-house.  Three mobile repair shops have also been built and deployed, saving our customers money, and minimizing downtime. Their team was the first to do uptower planet carrier swaps and are the industry’s sole provider of in-field bearing bore machining.  Multiple bearing exchanges have been completed that the manufacturers said were not possible. 

Another effective strategy class 02 has implemented is the addition of a weekly “all hands-on deck” scheduling call. Topics of discussion include where crews are being deployed, job scopes, lessons learned, what’s working, what’s causing problems, and quality/safety concerns.  Tooling needs and ideas are also shared during this meeting.  It creates an open forum to talk about operational efficiencies and what is necessary for each job to be successful. 

“We have turned this service line into a “well-oiled machine,”’ Creegan stated. “I’m very proud of the team and all we have been able to accomplish over the years.” 

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

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.” 

RENEW Energy Remanufacturing Division

RENEW Energy offers a variety of services to a wide array of clientele. One of the largest divisions of our company is that of Remanufacturing. 

Our Remanufacturing services include gearbox rebuilding, main shaft rebuilding, engineering solutions, logistics management, and more. 

The Remanufacturing division of RENEW Energy wouldn’t be what it is, if it wasn’t for its fearless leader, Gary Cavigielli.

Cavigielli is the VP of Remanufacturing and R&D, and the division has been a labor of love for him for many years. 

He started out his career in automotive repair, working at his own facility for many years. Eventually, he grew tired of that gig and was looking for a new career in a different industry. He found that new career within the wind industry. 

“I’ve been in the wind since 2009,” Cavigielli stated. “I worked a couple years both in the shop and out in the field doing tower repairs. And I came on board with RENEW in 2011, and that’s when we started the remanufacturing facility here in Sioux Falls. So I’ve kind of been here from the start.” 

Once hired, it was Cavigielli’s responsibility to, more or less, help build the Remanufacturing Division from the ground up. 

“When I walked in the shop, there was one gearbox in the entire facility,” he laughed. “So I literally came in on the ground floor. I didn’t have a specific title. I was a shop tech and worked quite a few years hand-in-hand with Curt Eliason one of the founding fathers of Renew, trying to get the ball rolling, if you will. And then once we got to where we grew a little bit in scope and size, I became a Shop Manager and then moved up to the GM of Remanufacturing.”

That happened in 2016 and, in the subsequent 6 years, Cavigielli has grown the division from two people into 30. 

Eventually, RENEW was acquired by TAKKION and that move allowed the Remanufacturing Division to grow even more, both in scale and in inventory. 

“With the TAKKION acquisition, when they bought RENEW, there’s a couple of things that happened,” Cavigielli stated. “It really gave us the capital that we needed for the inventory side of things. You can’t build gearboxes without parts. And being independent, we’re pretty diversified so we don’t just work on one make or model. So it takes quite a bit of inventory and the acquisition has given us the capital to be able to increase our inventory, which allows us to have the parts we need to keep up with the demand of the rebuilds.” 

Cavigielli said that the expansion has allowed RENEW to provide even better service to their customers which, he said, is the whole point of the division. 

“At the end of the day, we’re here to help customers out with what they need,” he said. “We’re here to hopefully save them some money and reduce down times for them. So we’re very customer-driven and, with that extra capital, it’s really helped us mitigate the lack of parts, so we can supply and rebuild components in a timely manner.” 

Throughout the last six years, Cavigielli has built a team of highly-trained professionals that do good work in a timely fashion. 

“My job is to simply do whatever is needed to support the Remanufacturer team; whatever they need to do to allow them to take care of our customers,” he stated. “Over the years, we’ve really developed a very strong core group of people that are very good at their job. So my role is, whether it’s out on the floor, answering a technical question, or whether it’s in the office quoting, or everything in between, I kind of touch it all.”

And that’s what a good manager should be doing. He (or she!) should know everything about everything that his employees are doing. He should be the one that people can go to with questions, and he should be able to answer them. 

That is the kind of manager that RENEW, and TAKKION, expect and it’s exactly the kind of manager that they have gotten with Cavigielli. And his team is all the better because of it. 

“We’ve seen huge growth,” he stated. “Like I said, we’ve got a strong core of people and when you look back at what we’ve accomplished and the amount of growth we’re seeing, and the amount of growth that’s coming – I’m amazed that we’re able to do as much as we can with the people that we have. I really think it points to the strength of our group.” 

That strength came from everybody involved on the team coming together with a common goal, which was providing the absolute best service to their customers. 

“Nothing happens easily,” Cavigielli said. “Nothing happens quickly. Throughout the years, we’ve worked really hard to develop our processes, our procedures, and everything that’s needed to be able to put the tools in front of our people to allow them to be able to do their job efficiently and effectively. And the proof of that is the fact that just last week, we became ISO certified, which was a huge hurdle for us. Over the years, it’s just been living in that state of constant improvement to keep growing, as people and individuals, and with processes and procedures; it’s been constant improvement to get where we are. And the end goal is simply to be able to take care of our customers.”

RENEW Energy ISO Certification

Renew Energy is proud to announce that its Remanufacturing Division has received their ISO 9001 Certification, which they were awarded in October of 2022. 

ISO 9001 Certification is, according to its website, “a set of five quality management systems standards that help organizations ensure they meet customer and other stakeholder needs within statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service.” 

The certification is done by a third party, and it ensures that customers and stakeholders are getting the absolute best service possible. 

“ISO 9001 is a globally-recognized quality management system,” said Paul Terwee, the Senior QC for RENEW’s Remanufacturing Division. “I’ve always explained it in this way: You do what you say, and you say what you do.”

It’s a series of steps and procedures that ensure quality control and excellence in customer service, and it’s just the latest certification that RENEW has received. 

“It’s creating processes and procedures and following those every time, you’re doing audits and making sure that the technicians are following the processes,” Terwee shared. “We’re doing all the documentation and all the paperwork. And it assures customers that they’re getting what they’re paying for and making sure that they can be confident in the quality at Renew. They always have been, but having this certificate proves that we went through all the steps and had an independent auditor come through to make sure that we’re doing everything we say we’re doing.”

When dealing with the kind of components that Renew Energy works with, it’s imperative to have others check, double check, and triple check the work. That is, in a nutshell, what this ISO 9001 certification does. 

“It helps us stand out,” Terwee said. “I don’t believe many of our competitors have this and it’s something, with us being a very specialized industry, not everybody can do. Not everybody can just work on wind turbine gearboxes and main shafts. It really takes a lot of time and effort to get everything documented and to follow all of those procedures.”

It also stands out to clients. Companies such as Siemens Gamesa, GE, Next Era, and more, specifically ask if the companies working with them are ISO certified. It’s a deciding factor when these companies are looking to offer their business. These customers also see a direct benefit themselves. 

“It holds us to a higher standard,” Terwee offered. “We complete a job, we give them, along with the component, the report of everything that happened. Historically, the ball sort of gets dropped on reports and making sure all the t’s have been crossed and all the I’s have been dotted. But holding us to this higher standard, they can get this documentation, and they can have all the proof in the world that we did what we said, and it gives them a little peace of mind when we’re presenting these components.” 

Right now, it’s just Renew’s Remanufacturing Division that is ISO 9001 certified, but the goal is for the entirety of the company to also get certified. That will happen; it’s just a matter of time. 

When it was first suggested that the Remanufacturing Division do the work to get certified, Terwee knew that the best way to approach it with the employees was not as a dictation. Telling employees that they have to do something is not the best way to manage people, and Terwee knew that.

“With the employees working out on the shop floor, it’s important to actually build a rapport with them,” he stated. “It’s not just, ‘Here’s a change, this is how we’re gonna do it.’ It’s talking with them and saying, ‘Okay, how would you feel about this change? Is there anything that you think would work better?’ It’s getting their opinion as well. I mean, they’re the ones out there doing the work. You can have everything documented that you want, but, at the end of the day, they’re gonna do it the best way they think it needs to be done. So it’s working with them and finding that middle ground. But it went really well. The technicians picked up on the changes that we needed, and the managers helped enforce those changes once I could prove that they would be a benefit.”

The biggest benefit, of course, is continuing to prove that Renew Energy is the premier wind and solar energy maintenance company in the United States. It is well on its way to proving that. 

And they have the documents to prove it.