Wind Technology Company Mariah Power, MasTech and Michigan Governor Granholm Mark Opening with Community Celebration
MANISTEE, MICHIGAN,- APRIL 20, 2009
Mariah Power (www.mariahpower.com), a wind technology company specializing in maximizing energy conversion from wind into electric power, today opened its first high-volume manufacturing site in Manistee, Michigan, in partnership with MasTech Manufacturing (www.mastech-inc.com) material handling specialists. The volume manufacturing site will produce the Windspire® vertical axis wind turbine, bringing more than 120 jobs to Manistee over the next three years. Manufacturing will take place in a retrofitted auto parts automation manufacturing facility and will employ former auto industry workers who have prior experience working with steel, building auto assembly lines and auto robotics. Hear their stories at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-2purpZXFk
"As we continue our efforts to diversify and grow our state's economy, we are proud to celebrate the opening of the Windspire manufacturing facility and the new energy jobs this will create in northern Michigan," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "This investment puts us at the forefront in the production of renewable energy to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels."
The manufacturing site begins operations with 30 new employees and will produce 100 Windspire wind turbines per month with the number potentially growing to 1,000 Windspires a month. The 30,000 square-foot facility will enhance the precision and quality control of the manufacturing process. Materials for the Windspire, such as steel and aluminum, will be supplied by local Michigan companies.
"Opening our first large-scale production site in Manistee gives us the capabilities to take the Windspire technology to the next level," said Mike Hess, CEO of Mariah Power. "The experience of the people here and the technology we have in place at MasTech will make a product that is best in class."
The Windspire, the first product from Mariah Power, is a small-scale vertical axis wind turbine designed to power homes or businesses. Standing just 30 feet tall, Windspire features a plug 'n produceT design and connects directly to the power supply of the building, offsetting electricity use and reducing energy costs. The unit's sleek and aesthetically pleasing design allows it to blend in well with a variety of settings, making it an ideal renewable energy option for home and business owners.
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