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Thu April 21, 2011
Business owners, DOE officials meet for clean energy manufacturing workshop
Business owners and politicians are trying to figure out how to make Michigan a manufacturing hub for things like advanced batteries, wind turbines, and solar panels.
They’re gathering at the Clean Energy Manufacturing Workshop in Ann Arbor today and tomorrow. The workshop is being put on by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy along with Ann Arbor SPARK.
Steven Busch will be paying pretty close attention.
He’s with Energetx Composites Company in Holland. It’s a spin-off company of Tiara Yacht. Before the economy went south, their main business was building high end yachts. Now, they make blades for wind turbines.
“The basic manufacturing process is very similar. We have the expertise on how to handle large, big, bulky things.”
He says they’re planning to stay in Michigan.
“Michigan offers the best engineering and manufacturing skill set probably in the world. Geographically, the Great Lakes are a great opportunity as a place to be able to ship products over the water.”
Busch says he’d like to see more training programs at universities and community colleges – and more retraining programs for former auto workers who want to get into the business.