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 Repower Projects

Global Specialized Services was recently awarded and completed three Repower projects for a brand-new customer.

The projects – Community Wind South(CWS), Elk Wind, and Hawkeye Wind Farm – involved the transportation of multiple wind tower components across the country. 

The three projects consisted of transporting all above-tower components from the V110 turbine from multiple TP&L locations to project locations in Minnesota and Northeast Iowa. The components were transported over 700 miles, and their successful delivery set the tone for the remaining two projects. All turbines were delivered within the initial budget, on schedule, and most importantly without any incidents or injuries.

“It was a really good, really successful project,” said Aaron Nirider, the Senior Project Manager for GSS. “It really set us up for the next two projects that we did for them.”

The next projects were the Elk Wind Project and the Hawkeye Project. 

The Elk Wind Project involved the transportation of 17 Nacells, Hubs, Blade sets, DTA’s, and Generators – from O’Neill, Nebraska, to Greeley, Iowa; over 400 miles. 

The Hawkeye Project, as the name suggests, was another 400-mile project in which 15 Nacelles, Hubs, Blade sets, DTA’s, and Generators were also loaded out of O’Neill, Nebraska, and delivered to Hawkeye, Iowa. 

All three Repower Projects proved that GSS continues to deliver in more ways than one. 

“We received all three jobs at the same time,” Nirider shared. “But the first project we completed really set the tone. Especially with them being a new customer, it was really good to show them, especially on that first project, what we’re all about and how we do business.” 

Nirider stated that he spoke with the customer shortly after the completion of the CWS project to get feedback on the company’s performance. 

“They were very impressed with us,” he said. “They were very excited for us to start the remaining projects, and afterward, they said they were impressed with those too. Each project kind of compounded on itself and helped the next one. By the end of it, they were extremely pleased with our work and, hopefully, some future work will come out of it.” 

Nirider stated that each project had 12 drivers, as well as a site manager. Nirider said the site manager, Bob Marino, oversaw all three projects and did an incredible job. 

“A lot of the credit is given to Bob for his work on these,” he stated. “With the logistics onsite, keeping good face with the customer, and everything else he did. He did a great job.” 

As did the drivers. Each of the 12 drivers operated efficiently, effectively, and, most of all, safely. Safety, as is always the case with Takkion companies, was the number one priority. 

“It’s the most important aspect of any project we do,” Nirider said. “Everything in our company is dependent on how we put our safety procedures in place. We ran route surveys prior to loading the components to make sure that there were no obstructions, such as power lines hanging low, bridges, construction, and to make sure all the turns could be made safely.

Safety is the number one consideration on any and every project Takkion takes on, and one of the most important aspects of safety and of the success of the project as a whole is communication.

“Another important part of any successful project is communication. These three projects specifically had great lines of communication between the trucks, the site, and the office. There are many reasons why these projects were successful, and the fact that the communication was streamlined was a big driver of that success”, Nirider said.

Altogether, these three projects – CWS, Elk Wind, and Hawkeye – were a big victory for GSS and for Takkion as a whole. They completed all three projects with only two minor incidents. Most importantly, they were a victory for the customer. GSS strives to deliver consistent customer service in each and every project they complete. These latest projects were just further examples of that.

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”.

Global Specialized Services Recognized for Industry Support and Dedication

Global Specialized Services recently received a Longevity Award from the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. SC&RA is an international organization comprised of more than 1,350 members from 46 nations. 

SC&RA’s Longevity Awards are presented to member companies for their longtime support and dedication to the Association and its mission. GSS was recognized with the 10-Year Award. 

GSS is committed to its mission of excellence. It keeps the company focused on providing customers with the highest quality service, overseen by their highly trained team and helmed by over 50 years of experience in the trucking industry. 

Firms across the United States and around the world submit dozens of entries to the SC&RA Awards competition each year. The Awards program recognizes worldwide excellence in the crane, rigging, and specialized transportation industry. 

GSS is proud to work with the top 25 asset owners and the top OEMs in North America. It is an affiliate of Transportation Partners & Logistics who, in 2012, operated the largest wind distribution hub in North America. 

GSS provides industry-leading solutions for heavy haul transportation and crane services, and it has done so for more than a decade. 

“The SC&RA has helped GSS lean on other members of the organization in the crane and transportation business to help complete projects quickly and efficiently for our vast customer base. I have had the unique pleasure of collaborating with a good number of individuals and companies from the SC&RA, successfully utilizing them as subcontractors under our scope on a number of different project. One this is clear and consistent among the SC&RA companies: Having a high level of integrity and get the job done safely and efficiently, whatever it takes. The SC&RA has been a vital part to our successful partnerships in the industry.”  Matt Orr, General Manager GSS

Global Specialized Services has, and will continue to serve their clients within their industries for years to come. They have what it takes to produce the highest quality experience when it comes to project site transportation and logistics. This award is proof of that. 

About SC&RAThe Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,350 members from 46 nations. Our members are involved in specialized transportation, crane and rigging operations, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting, manufacturing, concrete pumping, and rental services. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels and researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices. For more information, visit scranet.org.

GSS – Blade Move

Global Specialized Services, LLC and Transportation Partners & Logistics have recently partnered for a project out of Enid, Oklahoma, in which 34 wind turbine towers were transported to a wind farm in Crescent, Oklahoma. 

While this would be just another day in the life of a TP&L and GSS employee, this particular story stands out because of the size of the blades. 

They were 80 meters long, making them the largest blades that GSS has ever moved on a traditional beam trailer. 

“The distance between the two locations was only about 50 miles, but the overall length was close to 300 feet going down the road,” said Aaron Nirider, a project manager with GSS. “There were definitely challenges that went along with that, so I guess we’re fortunate that it was only 50 miles.” 

Still, distance aside, the fact that this project transported such large blades nearly 50 miles – without one incident or accident – merits acknowledgement. 

Of course, when transporting blades of that size, as Nirider alluded to, there are a myriad of challenges associated with the transport but, as always, both GSS and TP&L proved that they were up to the challenge. 

“The first big challenge is obviously permitting,” Nirider said. “That includes working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and getting a permitted route that is doable. The other challenge that comes with that is once you get the permit and are physically running the blades, you have to make sure that we are set up correctly on all of our turns.”

In order to do that, project managers have to work with contractors to pull signs and build radiuses, ensuring that they have enough room to make those corners. 

Matt Athey, the project manager directly involved with this blade move, stated that there are a lot of logistics to consider when it comes to moving blades of any size, let alone blades that are 80 meters long. 

“Permits are a big deal,” he reiterated. “Especially when you’re running that large of components. Especially in Oklahoma, it takes a little longer to get permits back. So there’s a lot of coordination ahead of time to make sure that you have permits for every run.”

Athey stated that GSS ran nine trucks every day that were hauling 12 different components on the route. 

“It shows that we can be efficient, but safe,” Athey said. “We haven’t had any incidents. We’re spacing our trucks out, keeping the DOT happy, the trooper’s happy and, most importantly, the customer happy.”

He stated that GSS has 34 total towers to deliver for this project, with 12 components per tower. The team delivered one tower a day, in order to meet the delivery schedule of the customer. 

Another big consideration throughout this whole process are the actual roads they travel. 

“We had to do a lot of civil work too,” Nirider said. “A lot of pre-project civil work. Coming out of our yard in Enid, Oklahoma, we actually had to build a radius through the right-of-way on Highway 412, so we could travel across the oncoming lane, the median, and into the eastbound lane in order to get these blades out of our yard. This was necessary because we couldn’t make the turn out of our yard on the road that is already there.

So, GSS met with several different civil companies, landscaping companies, and land surveying companies to create a new radius, in order to make the turns with the blades.

“A lot of work was done with drafting, with AutoCAD, AutoTurn, with aerial imagery, and more,” Nirider offered. “A lot of planning was put into place before the project even started, in order to make sure it was successful.”

That reason, and many more, are why GSS, TP&L, and all of the TAKKION companies have cemented themselves as the standard bearers of the wind industry. They put in the work before, during, and after any project for which they are hired. 

“It’s a long process but, in the end, we do everything we can to meet all of our customers’ needs,” Nirider said. “Obviously, in this case, one of their needs was to get these blades to site. So we’re gonna do what it takes to get them to site. It doesn’t matter how long out we need to start working on a project; we’ll start doing it in order to make sure that it’s done right.” 

That is the attitude that separates GSS from any of its competitors. That is the mindset that allows TAKKION to continue to serve customers across the country, ensuring to them that their projects are in the best of hands. 

“These are the largest blades we’ve hauled,” Nirider stated. “It just kind of goes to show you GSS’s capabilities – there’s nothing that we can’t do. As these manufacturers keep coming out with these bigger, longer, and heavier blades, we have to adapt to that. So being able to adapt to that and being versatile, we’re able to keep up in the industry and take on these projects and run them safely and efficiently.

Haul Box Movers

At Global Specialized Services, one of the biggest services we offer are heavy haul transports. This includes Haul Box Moves, which involve moving and offloading oversized loads of coal, iron, or other materials to different sites across the country. 

One of the key people involved in Haul Box Moves is Condo Edwards, the Dispatch Permitting Specialist for GSS. 

While working for Austin Engineering, Edwards developed a close relationship with GSS and eventually wanted to make a career move. So he came to the company and began working primarily in the permitting department. 

When moving heavy loads across the United States, getting the correct type of permits are required in order to actually perform the transport. That’s where Edwards comes in, which is why he’s such an integral part of Haul Box Moves. 

“When I worked down at [Austin Engineering], I was sending quotes to Matt,” Edwards said. “Now that I work for GSS, they’re sending quotes to me, and I’m quoting them. Matt has just kind of handed that off to me to take care of, seeing as how I know how to load them, what we can haul, what type of equipment we’re going to need for the weights and widths we haul, etc.” 

There’s a process involved in Haul Box Moves, and that process illustrates how pivotal Edwards is to the entire operation. 

“Austin will send me a quote,” Edwards said. “I’ll figure out what the miles are, what we’re gonna charge per mile, the fuel costs, the permit costs, the pilot car costs, and the police escort costs because some states require police escorts. So I have to figure out which states they are, and then I have to go through my big book telling me what permits we need and what we’re going to be allowed to haul and where we can haul it, depending on the size of these things. 

GSS performs route surveys to ensure that drivers won’t run into any powerlines or telephone poles, or bridges, or any other obstruction. 

“The route survey will pinpoint all those obstacles, and then, when we get to the mine site, we make sure to do a complete job safety analysis,” Michael Orr offered. “We get everybody on board and have a nice 10-15 minute discussion of any hazards, anything to watch out for, and we ask if anybody has any questions, they need to be addressed before we do the job.” 

Safety is the utmost priority, and it’s something that GSS – something that Michael Orr and Condo Edwards, personally – take seriously. 

GSS’ commitment to safety is just one of the reasons why Austin Engineering continues to hire them to perform these Haul Box Moves. 

“We’ve got the equipment to do what we need to do, and we can haul just about any size that is requested,” Edwards said. “We’ve got 10 years of experience hauling these things. The drivers that we’re putting on these projects have years of experience hauling these haul boxes at this width. We’ve become very proficient at hauling these and hauling them safely for the public and for everybody else involved in the process.”