January 4 - In its 2011 progress report, WindPower Innovations has unveiled the importance of its strategic alliance with Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co, completing the supply chain for its full service heavy lift WindPower Innovations facility, in the State
Throughout 2010, WindPower Innovations, Inc. has cultivated key relationships with the State of Oregon and strategic partnerships with Barnhart Crane & Rigging and AF Dick Manufacturing, providing a comprehensive range of services for all aspects of wind energy, including the largest (1-5 Megawatt) wind turbines on the market.
With the completion of its first phase, WindPower Innovations' operation is positioned to serve the Western United States, Alaska, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim via rail and Columbia River deep water port access.
"It has been a whirlwind 2010 getting our strategic relationships solidified, and we now have the infrastructure to execute any contracts that would be the fruit of our efforts for 2011," says John Myers, president and CEO of WindPower Innovations.
"Barnhart is vital to our supply chain. We can handle anything once it gets to our facility, but a major piece of the profitability for all involved is in getting the crane and shipping strategy right. We are proud to join
forces with a company of the reputation and capabilities of Barnhart."
Since 1969, Barnhart Crane & Rigging has been providing innovative solutions to complex lifting and transportation challenges faced by heavy industry - from power generation to petrochemical to renewable energy, and beyond. With over 20 branches across the U.S., Barnhart has one of the strongest
equipment networks in the nation.
"We believe WindPower Innovations' vision to recondition and retrofit wind turbines will prove to be a growing segment of the wind industry. Barnhart looks forward to a long term relationship with WindPower Innovations," says Jeff Swanson, senior vice president of Barnhart Renewables. "WindPower Innovations has the tools and experience to extend the life of these aging machines and we look forward to helping WindPower Innovations meet the lifting and scheduling challenges in front of them."