This could possibly bring some bad needed good news to the regions economy and the very least it is a step in the right direction, Chris Long the founder of and CEO of Global Wind Systems while being interviewed by the Detroit News on applications he received; "It may not have to do much more. "We've received several thousand resumes up to this point," Long said, adding that more than 90 percent of applicants listed automotive experience."
The company received $7.3 million in tax credits from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority in December to create 256 direct jobs over six years. Long said the company likely will grow well beyond that number within two years -- to more than 400 employees -- and hopes to source components for its 1.5 megawatt turbines to in-state suppliers, a move that could support thousands of additional manufacturing jobs.
All of this is sounding good and as long as we are going in the right direction we are making progress all of the making of different parts go into these turbines, which will also generate more jobs;
"We're used to building and finishing various metal parts for the auto industry. Wind turbines need gear boxes and ball bearings, too," said John Sarver, chairman of the Michigan Wind Working Group, a part of the state's Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
There is plenty of opportunity for suppliers to machine wind components, Sarver said, noting that each turbine consists of about 8,000 precision parts.