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Ventower News 2013

MPSC Approves DTE Energy Renewable Energy Purchase
The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved DTE Energy's (NYSE: DTE) contract to purchase 20 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from a subsidiary of Heritage Sustainable Energy, a Michigan wind energy producer. The energy produced for DTE Energy under the 20-year contract will come from Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC, which will cover 2,800 acres in... Click for more->


DTE Wins Approval for Big Turtle PPA
Michigan regulators have approved utility DTE Energy’s long-term agreement to purchase the entire 20MW output from the Big Turtle Wind Farm under development by Heritage Sustainable Energy. The deal is for 20 years. Financial terms were not made public. DTE Energy, the largest electric utility in the state, says the wind farm will enter commercial operation by late 2014... Click for more->


Monroe-Based Ventower Industries Continuing To Grow
Much like the wind- turbine towers it makes, Monroe-based Ventower Industries has been seeing its production and em­ployment shooting skyward. #Largely due to a fat contract with a major American maker of wind- energy equipment, the fledgling plant is approaching its current production capac-i­ty, operating seven days a week and running three shifts... Click for more->


Ventower Industries Sees High Demand for Products in 2013-2014
Ventower Industries has been generating a lot of positive press lately. The wind turbine tower supplier and fabricator (and part of the GLWN wind energy supply chain network) has seen its business skyrocket in 2013, due in part to the renewal of the Production Tax Credit at the beginning of this year. The company has responded to a surge in business by adding... Click for more->


Post-FIT Decision, Turbine OEMs Mull Over Options For Ontario Wind Energy Market
The Ontario government's recent decision to end the province's feed-in tariff (FIT) program for large-scale renewable energy projects - in favor of a competitive-procurement mechanism - has introduced a jolt of uncertainty for provincial wind turbine component suppliers and manufacturers. On May 30, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced the province and the... Click for more->

Ventower News 2012

Wind Energy in Michigan
With the auto industry on the verge of collapse in 2008, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other state officials were eager to diversify the economy and create thousands of jobs by making a big push into alternative energy. To capitalize on the state's strengths, they focused in particular on the manufacturing of parts for wind turbinesBut four years later... Click for more->


Wind Equipment: Creating Jobs Along the Lake Erie Shore
Located about 40 miles south of Detroit on the banks of Lake Erie, the city of Monroe, Michigan, has a strong history in American manufacturing. In 1834, the first paper mill rose up along the River Raisin. From there, Monroe became a manufacturing center for paper products, from cardboard boxes to newsprint to cereal cartons. Over the next century... Click for more->


Average U.S. Wind Farm Creates 1,079 Jobs, Report Finds
Planning, building and operating a typical utility-scale wind farm creates 1,079 jobs over its lifetime, an industry that’s supported in part by a U.S. tax credit, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A 250-megawatt project generates 522 construction jobs, 432 positions in manufacturing, 80 for planning and development, 18 sales slots and... Click for more->


2012 Brownfield Renewal Winner
First , the Ventower project is a major contributor to the development of alternative (wind) energy sources across the upper United States. With transportation access to the entire Great Lakes water transportation system and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as regional and national rail and highway infrastructure, Ventower can supply wind turbine towers to a large... Click for more->


Wind Power By Water Power (Video)
A first barge-borne shipment of wind tower sections through the Port of Monroe is about to get under way. Four sections of a wind tower from Ventower Industries are ready for delivery across the lakes, destined for the Port of Oswego Authority in upstate New York, where wind farms have been popping up like mushrooms in recent years... Click for more->


Ventower Industries Selected to Receive Support Under MEDC Pilot Program
Ventower Industries is one of 54 small and midsize companies from around Michigan that have been selected to receive business development support through the Pure Michigan Business Connect Economic Gardening Pilot Program being offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The program will be administered through the Cassopolis-based Edward... Click for more->

Ventower News 2011

Ventower Industries Signs Deal With Aeronautica Windpower
Ventower Industries, a manufacturer and supplier of utility-scale wind turbine towers, says it has completed a contract to manufacture 65 meter towers for Aeronautica Windpower. The completed wind turbine towers will be supplied to separate schools in Ohio and will be delivered in March 2012. Immediate commencement of production is expected... Click for more->


Wind Power Manufacturing Rises On Brownfield
Monroe, Mich., about 40 miles south of Detroit and 20 miles north of Toledo, Ohio, in the heart of the Rust Belt, has an economic turnaround story to celebrate: A former brownfield there is now a manufacturing plant for the towers that hold wind turbines high in the breeze. Ventower Industries recently cut the ribbon on the new plant, at the Port of Monroe... Click for more->


Ventower Marks Opening Of Manufacturing Facility
Ventower Industries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to mark the opening of its 115,000 square-foot wind turbine tower manufacturing facility located at the Port of Monroe in Michigan. Ventower is a full-service fabricator and supplier of utility-scale wind turbine towers. Focused on original equipment manufacturers, the company plans to provide wind... Click for more->


Ventower Starts Wind Turbine Production
Ventower Industries marked the beginning of wind tower production at a ribbon cutting ceremony with local, state and federal dignitaries on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. John Dingell and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson took part in the ceremony. The new manufacturing plant will build towers that support wind turbines. It created at... Click for more->


Ventower Industries Opens Monroe, Mich Plant




 

Ventower Industries Begins Tower Production in Michigan




Backers: Answer to Economic Development is Blowin' in the Wind
The opening of a wind power company's headquarters in Monroe is expected to pave the way toward more jobs in that city, and other planned wind-power projects in Michigan are expected to do the same for their locales. Ventower Industries LLC opened the doors of its headquarters Tuesday, ahead of starting limited production on towers for industrial-sized... Click for more->


Ventower’s Ribbon Cutting Marks the Beginning of Wind Tower Production
Monroe, MI – Ventower Industries (Ventower™) has taken another step forward by opening the doors of its 115,000 sq. ft, state of the art, wind turbine tower manufacturing facility. The ribbon cutting ceremony, held at its manufacturing plant at the Port of Monroe on August 9th, marks the culmination of nearly four years of work between Ventower management, local, state... Click for more->


Wind tower factory to open at Port of Monroe
Ventower Industries LLC will begin hiring by year's end for a Port of Monroe factory that will make towers for industrial-sized wind generators and have about 150 employees by early 2012, company officials said Wednesday. The privately owned start-up company will begin with about 50 employees early next year after opening its $22 million factory and gradually... Click for more->


Ventower Industries Ribbon-Cutting in Monroe
Ventower Industries will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 9 at its new plant at 111 Borchert Park Dr. at the Port of Monroe. The 9:30 a.m. ceremony is to mark completion of the new plant, which plans to manufacture large steel towers that support electricity-generating wind turbines. The 115,000 square-foot plant is on a 38-acre site east of I-75 and south... Click for more->


Ventower Ceremony To Mark Official Opening Of Wind Tower Manufacturing Facility
Ventower Industries plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 9 to officially open its wind tower manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Monroe, Mich. The event will mark the culmination of years of cooperative work between the full-service fabricator and supplier of industrial-scale wind turbine towers, and local, state and federal government... Click for more->


Ribbon to be Cut Tuesday on New Wind Tower Manufacturing Facility in Monroe
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) via video; Lisa P. Jackson, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Dearborn); John Manor, district manager to State... Click for more->


Officials Dedicate Ventower Industries
Joe Mazur left his job as a mechanic for Jack’s Lawn Service to cast his lot with the wind-power industry. “Mechanical is all I know,” said Mr. Mazur, a Carleton resident. “This is going to be a little bit different for me,” he added, taking a break from cleaning a giant machine capable of rolling 3-inch-thick steel plate into a huge steel cylinder that will be part of a wind-turbine... Click for more->


Wind-Tower Production Expected in Late August
Ventower Industries LLC, an upstart maker of towers for industrial-sized wind generators, is putting finishing touches on its new Monroe headquarters and plans to start limited production this month. Vice President Scott Viciana said Ventower’s new $25 million, 115,000-square-foot headquarters, at the Port of Monroe, is nearly completed. The company has... Click for more->


New Wind Turbine Tower Manufacturer in Monroe to Start Production Thursday
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and U.S. Rep. John Dingell were among the political dignitaries at the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new wind turbine tower manufacturer in Monroe this morning. Ventower is expected to bring 150 to 300 new jobs to the area after it begins production Thursday at its plant on a former brownfield... Click for more->


Wind Turbine Tower Facility Opens in Monroe
Ventower Industries is holding the ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the company's new wind tower manufacturing facility. The site is located in Monroe and will also house the company's headquarters. Several state and local leaders will be on hand for the ceremony. According to their website, Ventower is a full-service fabricator and supplier of utility scale, wind turbine... Click for more->


New Wind Tower Manufacturing Facility Celebrates Grand Opening
A new wind tower manufacturing facility is blowing into operation in Monroe County. State and local leaders will be on hand as Ventower Industries hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at its corporate headquarters in Monroe. U.S. SenatorsCarl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Rep. John Dingell, U.S. E.P.A. administrator Lisa Jackson... Click for more->


Ventower Wind Turbine Plant Opens in Monroe
Michigan's latest renewable energy endeavor opened Tuesday with local and national officials saying it's a symbol of teamwork to reshape the state's economy. Ventower Industries opened its 115,000-square-foot plant at the Port of Monroe where it will make wind turbine towers. Officials believe it's the state's first wind tower facility and the only such facility... Click for more->


Ventower's Ribbon Cutting Marks the Beginning of Wind Tower Production
Ventower Industries (Ventower™) has taken another step forward by opening the doors of its 115,000 sq. ft, state of the art, wind turbine tower manufacturing facility. The ribbon cutting ceremony, held at its manufacturing plant at the Port of Monroe on August 9th, marks the culmination of nearly four years of work between Ventower management... Click for more->


New Wind Turbine Plant Opens in Monroe
It’s another step in renewable energy in Michigan as a new wind turbine plant opens in Monroe. James Viciana, Chairman of the Board of Ventower Industries, introduced the brand new 150,000-square foot plant built in Monroe where they will build these wind turbine towers. “We are proud to be here in the port of Monroe, in the City of Monroe, in the State... Click for more->


Turbine Tower Firm Dedicates Monroe Site
The $25 million Ventower Industries LLC factory here starts prodsucing giant wind turbine towers Thursday, a watershed event for officials trying to rebuild the Great Lakes region’s distressed economy through green jobs, help America become a little more energy independent, and put land spoiled by past industrial practices back into use. A dedication ceremony... Click for more->


Wind Turbine Plant to Open in Monroe
Monroe is getting at least 150 new jobs, thanks to the new wind turbine tower manufacturer that celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. Ventower Industries begins production Thursday at its new 115,000-square-foot plant on a former brownfield, its Chairman James Viciana said. The company, which makes the 60-foot-tall... Click for more->


Wind Turbine Tower Manufacturer Brings New Jobs to Monroe
A brand new company that will build wind turbine towers has set up shop in Monroe. Ventower Industries has created 21 jobs so far and expects that number to reach more than 150 as additional people are hired and trained. Its 115,000 sq. ft. plant is capable of producing 250 wind turbine towers per year. Ventower Board of Directors Chairman James Viciana... Click for more->


Wind Tower Factory Opens in Monroe
Michigan's latest renewable energy endeavor opened Tuesday with local and national officials saying it's a symbol of teamwork to reshape the state's economy. Ventower Industries opened its 115,000-square-foot plant at the Port of Monroe, where it will make wind turbine towers. Officials believe it's the state's first wind tower facility and the only such... Click for more->


New Wind Tower Manufacturing Facility Celebrates Grand Opening
A new wind tower manufacturing facility is blowing into operation in Monroe County. State and local leaders will be on hand as Ventower Industries hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at its corporate headquarters in Monroe. U.S. SenatorsCarl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Rep. John Dingell, U.S. E.P.A. administrator Lisa Jackson, Monroe... Click for more->


Ventower Starts Wind Turbine Production
Ventower Industries marked the beginning of wind tower production at a ribbon cutting ceremony with local, state and federal dignitaries on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. John Dingell and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson took part in the ceremony. The new manufacturing plant will build towers that support wind turbines. It created... Click for more->


Officials Dedicate Ventower Industries
Joe Mazur left his job as a mechanic for Jack’s Lawn Service to cast his lot with the wind-power industry.
“Mechanical is all I know,” said Mr. Mazur, a Carleton resident. “This is going to be a little bit different for me,” he added, taking a break from cleaning a giant machine capable of rolling 3-inch-thick steel plate into a huge steel cylinder... Click for more->


Wind Tower Plant Hailed as Green Asset
Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and a host of other federal, state and local officials hailed the new Ventower Industries plant in Monroe as a prime example of a green industry creating tomorrow’s jobs on a landfill from yesteryear. During a ribbon-cutting at the plant Tuesday, Ms. Jackson said the 115,000-square-foot... Click for more->


Ventower Plans for Eastern Plant that will Serve Offshore, Land-Based Wind Market
With its first plant slated to open this year in Michigan, Ventower Industries announced plans this week for a second manufacturing facility that will be located on the East Coast and will allow the tower company to tap the nascent offshore segment of the wind power industry. The East Coast plant will be able to produce towers and foundations for... Click for more->


North American International Auto Show 2011
Ventower Industries displayed its tower model at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, MI during the month of January. The to scale, cross section model gave viewers a unique view of the interior of a utility-scale wind turbine tower. Many members of the United States House of Representatives visited the display during the Press Preview Day... Click for more->


Auto Show Hitches a Ride: Industry Rebound Gives Numbers a Lift
The glitz of the North American International Auto Show is returning in 2011, but the theme is still on efficiency. The Detroit auto show struggled over the past two years with a decline in attendance from 2008 and automakers and suppliers pulling out of the 2009 and 2010 shows due to the economic collapse in 2008 that crippled the industry... Click for more->


Ventower Announces East Coast Expansion
MONROE, MI - Ventower Industries, Monroe, Michigan, announced today that it has made the decision to locate its second manufacturing facility, which will produce towers and foundations for on-shore and off-shore wind turbines, on the East Coast of the United States. “With construction of our Monroe, Michigan facility well under way and scheduled to be... Click for more->


Ventower Industries Announces East Coast Expansion
Monroe, Mich.-based Ventower Industries, a full-service fabricator and supplier of utility scale wind turbine towers, plans to locate its second manufacturing facility, which will produce towers for onshore and offshore wind turbines, on the East Coast of the U.S. "The East Coast of the United States is an ideal location for Ventower II to expand our manufacturing and... Click for more->


Wind Tower Company Blowing into Town
MONROE, Mich. -- Ventower, a wind turbine manufacturer, will locate its sales and marketing office to the Historic Triangle, with plans to build a plant on the East Coast, according to the Detroit Free Press... Click for more->


Monroe's Ventower to Build East Coast Plant
Monroe-based Ventower Industries said it will build a wind-tower manufacturing plant somewhere on the East Coast to supply towers and foundations for both land-based and deepwater offshore locations for wind turbines. “With construction of our Monroe, Michigan, facility well under way and scheduled to be operational during the second quarter of 2011... Click for more->


Monroe Firm has Exhibit at Auto Show
It might seem a sharp contrast, but one of the North American International Auto Show exhibitors this year will be Ventower Industries, the new Monroe company that plans to manufacture steel towers to support electricity-generating wind turbines.
The company, which is building a new plant at the Port of Monroe and is planning another... Click for more->


Ventower Seeks US Tower Plant for Offshore Wind
Ventower Industries is looking for a plant site along the US East Coast to supply foundations and towers for proposed Atlantic Ocean wind farms in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf, chief executive Gregory Adanin tells Recharge... Click for more->


Energy Update: China Visit, Oceans 11
Looks like a slow week following last week's excitement around the release of the Commission's oil spill report, but there are two items of interest: the state visit from China, which always creates interesting discussions around climate change, energy, environment, business and trade issues, as well as the 11th Annual National Council for Science... Click for more->

Ventower News 2010

Ventower Builds Wind Tower Manufacturing Plant
MMA member Ventower Industries is building a 115,000 square foot, state of the art, wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Monroe. Earlier this year, Ventower was awarded an advanced-energy manufacturing tax credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Ventower was one of twelve companies that received bi-partisan support from... Click for more->


Michigan Manufacturers Look to Wind Energy for Economic Turnaround
With the decline of the automotive industry and Michigan’s economy taking a turn for the worse, workers and businesses are looking for ways to turn things around — and they may have found one answer: Wind energy. Seventy-six businesses, including ones in Eaton Rapids, Detroit, Fenton, Saginaw and Monroe, affiliated with the Michigan Manufacturers... Click for more->


Tower Management Team Hirings to Begin
Here at Ventower™ we recognize that our team members will play a key role in the ultimate success of our company.We are confident that we will be able to provide a competitive wage and benefit structure that in turn will allow us to attract and retain a world class tower manufacturing workforce... Click for more->


Ventower's Michigan Factory Progresses
Monroe, Mich.-based Ventower Industries will begin hiring by year's end for a Port of Monroe factory that will make towers for industrial-sized wind generators. The facility will house approximately 150 employees by early 2012, The Blade of Toledo, Ohio reports... Click for more->


Another ARRA Success Story – New Funds Mean More Jobs in Monroe
Monroe, MI - Celebrating another successful project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) joined with executives from Ventower Industries, Monroe Mayor Robert E. Clark and representatives from the Michigan Department of Energy Labor and Economic Growth (DeLEG) to discuss how a $2.3 million grant... Click for more->


Dingell and Local Leaders Showcase Clean Energy Stimulus Award
Officials will meet for a Press Conference to discuss Ventower Industries at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 7. Monroe, MI – Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) and local leaders will meet tomorrow to highlight the progress that Ventower Industries has made with the clean energy stimulus funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment... Click for more->


Has the Stimulus Plan Really Made a Difference?
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Ventower Builds Wind Tower Manufacturing Plant
Ventower Industries is building a 115,000 sq. ft, state of the art, wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Monroe. Earlier this year, Ventower was awarded an advanced-energy manufacturing tax credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Ventower was one of twelve companies that received bi-partisan support from Michigan’s congressional... Click for more->


Second Round of Winners for $20 Million in Recovery Act Grants to Help Michigan’s Small Manufacturers
June 25, 2010 – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today nine small manufacturers will receive grants totaling $20 million in stimulus funds to help diversify into high-growth clean energy sectors. The recipients were selected out of 40 applications, totaling more than $105 million in proposed projects, for the $20 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... Click for more->


$20 Million for Small Manufacturers
On 6/25/10, Governor Jennifer Granholm announced that the state of Michigan will award nine small manufacturers $15 million in grants and $5 million in loans for a total of $20 million through the Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM) program. Michigan’s CEAM awards, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), are designed to... Click for more->


Governor Granholm Announces Second Round of Winners for Recovery Act Grants and Loans to Help Michigan's Small Manufacturers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the state of Michigan will award nine small manufacturers $15 million in grants and $5 million in loans for a total of $20 million through the Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM) program... Click for more->


Governor Granholm Says Grants Boost Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing in Michigan
In radio address, governor says state a natural to lead in making clean energy products... Click for more->


State Clean Energy Companies to Receive $20 Million in Grants and Loans
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced today the state will award nine small manufacturers a combined $20 million to diversify into clean energy through the second round of funding from the Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing program... Click for more->


Global Wind Day Brings Industry Leaders to Ohio Plant
The energy level was high yesterday as key players from the wind industry gathered at Cardinal Fastener near Cleveland. It was Global Wind Day, and the message was clear: wind power is creating jobs in the United States, but we need a national Renewable Electricity Standard if we want to create more jobs... Click for more->


Testing the Waters: Manufacturers in Michigan Power Up for Offshore Wind Farms
It may take three to five years before Michigan has offshore wind farms generating clean energy, but manufacturing companies are not waiting for necessary state legislative and environmental regulations to begin work on new alternative energy projects...
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Green Jobs in a Brown Field
The Ventower Industries founder stood atop a post-World War II-era industrial landfill, where the blue sky on that sunny Michigan spring day belied both the smokestacks towering on the horizon near Lake Erie and the grimy history of the ground underneath his feet. The contrasts didn’t stop there. Gathered with him in this setting, which juxtaposed rural wetlands... Click for more->


Other Groundbreaking Related Links
This section is a compliled list of links to external websites related to Ventower's groundbreaking... Click for more->


Persistence & Cooperation Resonate at Ventower’s Groundbreaking
Monroe, MI – Ventower Industries (Ventower™) has taken another step forward by breaking ground on its 115,000 sq. ft, state of the art, wind tower manufacturing facility. The ceremony, held at its future manufacturing site at the Port of Monroe on March 30th, marks the culmination of persistent cooperative work between Ventower management, local, state and federal... Click for more->



Dingell Calls Award for Monroe’s Ventower a “Watershed Moment”

Washington, DC - Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) made the following remarks after Ventower Industries in Monroe, MI, received a $2,553,300 award as part of an announcement by President Obama of $2.3 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the United States. Click for more->



President Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs
Recovery Act Tax Credits to Enable More Than $7 Billion in New Manufacturing Projects and Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs. Today at the White House, President Obama announced the award of $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the United States. One hundred eighty three projects... Click for more->



Clean-energy tax credits to include Monroe firm
MONROE — Ventower Industries is to receive a share of the recent $2.3 billion in clean-energy tax credits that President Obama released from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ventower is to receive $2.5 million in tax credits to help it become a full-service manufacturer and supplier of wind turbine towers for industrial-scale use... Click for more->

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