We want to attract and bolster the top blade repair force in the industry – especially with experienced technicians with management aptitude and ambition. It’s a job like none other – a blend of extreme sport, technical know-how and business sense.
Gainesville, TX (PRWEB) November 28, 2011
One segment of the wind energy business that is not stagnating is on-site service and maintenance of wind generation equipment, according to Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a specialist in composite components such as blades, nacelles and nose cones. The company announced today that they have expanded their service offerings to meet the evolving needs of wind farm operators – and as a result anticipate doubling their workforce in the coming year. The expanded services that the company is adding include dynamic rotor balancing, comprehensive rotor service maintenance programs, and replacement composite parts for older-model equipment.
One reason behind the increasing demand for turbine repair and maintenance is the maturing of the installed base of wind turbines, some of which is aging-out of warranty. As fleets age, instances of breakdown become more frequent and overall productivity declines - especially impacting profitability when the equipment is no longer covered by manufacturer warranty.
WES has created a range of planned maintenance programs tailored to a variety of operator needs. These comprehensive programs include inspection, corrective repairs and restoration, and preventative measures like leading-edge protection. The programs are scheduled during low-wind seasons to minimize loss of production revenue. For instance, in the Midwestern USA, the summer months offer optimum working and curing conditions, as well as efficiencies in mobilization to the site – translating to bottom-line cost savings.
North American operators have historically been slow to implement pro-active maintenance practices, electing instead to manage breakdowns as they occur. Recent studies by independent researchers have shown that over the lifecycle of a turbine, repair costs are substantially less with scheduled maintenance programs than on an emergency call basis. As the industry pursues ways to improve their efficiencies and profitability, preventative maintenance is gaining acceptance as a necessary best practice.
Another new offering from WES is spare parts for older turbines. Through the Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG), WES’s parent company and one of the largest manufacturers of composite components in the US, WES is now supplying custom orders of replacement blades, nacelles, spinners, hatches and other FRP components that are no longer stocked by the OEM. MFG’s process for creating tooling from a customer’s existing part is quick and non-destructive to the part itself.
With the business expansion, WES anticipates a doubling of their workforce in the coming year, and is actively recruiting top talent for their Gainesville, TX-headquarters, as well as satellite service centers in California and South Dakota. “We want to attract and bolster the top blade repair force in the industry – especially with experienced technicians with management aptitude and ambition,” reports Gary Kanaby, director of sales for WES. “It’s a job like none other – a blend of extreme sport, technical know-how and business sense, and we’re looking for the very best of the breed to join our premier team.”
The company is currently seeking candidates to fill position openings for Onsite Team Leaders, Project Manager and Composite Repair Technicians and anticipates bringing on 25 or more new teammates in the next six months. (http://www.windenergyservicesusa.com/careers)
More information on WES is available on the company website at http://www.windenergyservicesusa.com. An informative presentation on the economic benefits of preventative maintenance for wind blades can be downloaded on the website. (Wind Blade Issues & Solutions)
About Wind Energy Services Company
Wind Energy Services Company (WES) is a leader in the field of repair and maintenance services of composite wind turbine components to wind farm operators across North America. The company’s expert technician teams are trained and equipped in advanced inspection methodologies to assess the condition of components, make on-site repairs, or transport damaged parts to a regional WES service center for factory repair. The company also supplies spare parts for earlier model turbines including blades, nacelles, spinners, hatches and other FRP components.
Based in Gainesville, Texas, WES is an entity of the Molded Fiber Glass Companies, a premier manufacturer of composite components for wind turbines. More information is available online at http://www.windenergyservicesusa.com and by phone at 877-349-2523.
About Molded Fiber Glass Companies
Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) is a leader in the field of reinforced plastics and composites, serving diverse markets with a variety of composite material systems. The company has 16 operating entities in the United States and Mexico, strategically focused to supply high value, high quality products and manufacturing services for applications such as wind energy, automotive, heavy truck, defense, construction, material handling and water treatment. The company is headquartered in Ashtabula, OH and is privately owned.