Starwood Energy Group and General Motors (GM) hosted a tour of the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County for local and regional press on April 26, 2018. Once complete, the 100 megawatt wind project will serve GM’s plants in Ohio and Indiana. The event featured several speakers from all aspects of the project – from on the ground to end use – while giving attendees an up close look at the turbines and wind farm.
The project will employ at least 252 workers during construction and 10 full- and part-time positions once the project is complete. The project is also expected to generate $900,000 annually in tax revenue and between $25-$30 million in total payments to landowners over the life of the project.
Local elected officials, businesses, community leaders, and residents joined Starwood and GM in discussing the positive economic impact that the project will have on their community. Wind technicians and Starwood employees were also on hand to talk about their jobs at the wind farm.
Attendees also heard from GM on how purchasing wind energy helps control their energy costs and is important to their customers.
On November 6, Representative David Joyce (OH-14) as well as State Representative Dave Greenspan (OH-16) attended a tour with Talan Products CEO Steve Peplin. Afterwards, they had a chance to meet Talan employees and talk with WIRE-net’s John Colm about the positive economic impact renewable energy has on Ohio.
Talan is one of the fastest growing inner-city businesses in America ranked by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune. In addition to being a full-service metal stamping company and manufacturer of tooling, Talan Products is also an aluminum extrusion fabricator and supplier, supplying components to many solar system manufacturers. Solar accounts for 33 percent of the company’s business volume. The solar industry attracted $1.3 billion in investment to the state in 2016 alone.
Talan Products employs 80 people – ranging from engineers, estimators, production managers, office work, stamping pressers, material handlers, quality assurance and more.