Written by Kerry Duggan, DoE
I had a very interesting Friday morning: I crawled to the top of a wind turbine with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. The turbine-crawl happened just after Bob Yackel, the CEO of Merrill Technologies, unveiled the first large-scale wind turbine manufactured in Michigan. At the unveiling ceremony, I heard the incredible story of Merrill Technologies, a family business in Michigan that makes components for wind turbines and is thriving in the clean energy manufacturing sector. Merrill Technologies, with support from the state and federal government – including $22 million in tax credits from the Recovery Act – is expanding its operation and creating jobs.