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Ingersoll to Build Wind Blade Demonstrator

14 May 2010

Ingersoll Machine Tools is making a major diversification in its activities with the introduction of two lines of products specifically designed for the Wind Industry.

Ingersoll is launching the production of a wind blade demonstrator for the automation of blades production and a lean manufacturing centre for the production of the large wind turbine mechanical components.

With the wind blade demonstrator Ingersoll will transfer its technology and experience in supplying composite manufacturing systems for the aviation industry to the wind industry. The demonstrator will be used for prototyping and process qualification of the automation for blade manufacturing. This effort will prove the advantages provided by the automation in the blade manufacturing process with improved quality - reliable process - cost reduction and weight reduction.

The initiative is supported by a grant of $5 Million awarded through the Green Industry Business Development Program, a component of the Illinois State’s Energy Plan, administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and funded by ARRA (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act).

The announcement was made by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the Rockford Ingersoll’s headquarter: “We must invest in green projects that create jobs, improve the environment and further our long-term energy goals,” said Governor Quinn. “This important funding will create and retain more than 150 green jobs in the Rockford area and marks another step forward as we continue the fight to strengthen our economy and move Illinois forward.”

The initiative will require an investment of over $12 Million and is a constructive response to the growing interest in having a larger share of the wind turbines installed in USA made domestically creating a new manufacturing industry. Tino Oldani, President and CEO of Ingersoll Machine Tools indicated that “Ingersoll’s activities are tailored to meet the new manufacturing requirements of the wind power generation industry and foster an evolution that will propel the US manufacturing in a leading position in the global market.”

In addition Ingersoll is launching the MasterWind Lean Manufacturing Center, a large multipurpose Milling Machine for large components such as hubs and gear boxes.





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