Canton, Ohio- based The Timken Company, a power transmission products/services company with 20,000 employees in 29 countries, announced on July 26, 2011, that it has begun construction on the nation’s first wind energy research center, producing 65 green jobs.
The groundbreaking Wind Energy Research and Development Center is a collaboration between The Timken Company, Stark County Port Authority and Stark State College in Ohio. The wind turbine research facility will be 18,000 square feet and allow for the development of large seals and bearings on complex equipment that mimics the environment in which big multi-megawatt wind turbines function. This wind energy endeavor offers multiple opportunities for people who are seeking green jobs in Ohio.
“Stark State College is delighted to partner with The Timken Company in creating this new Wind Energy Research and Development Center,” said John O’Donnell, president of Stark State College. “The groundbreaking is an exciting first step to develop industry-leading clean energy academic programs and provide future job opportunities for students.”
The Timken Company Green Jobs/Wind Turbine Project Costs Millions
The Wind Energy and Research Development Center is valued at $11.8 million and will be located on 15 acres near the Akron-Canton Airport. The wind turbine project center will be a major part of Stark State College’s new Emerging Technologies Airport Campus.
About $6 million for the wind turbine research and development center came from The Timken Company, while Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission contributed $2.1 million to the wind energy project. The Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority contributed $1.5 million in loans to the wind turbine research center.
The wind turbine research center creates training and research opportunities for college students who wish to create industry designs and test the bearing systems of wind turbines. Current technicians who work for wind turbine operators and manufacturers also can receive up-to-date green jobs training at the wind energy research center.
“We are very pleased to launch such an important project for the wind energy industry,” said Douglas Smith, senior vice president of technology and quality for Timken Company. “The groundbreaking was the first step toward improving the performance and efficiency of the mechanical power transmission systems used in the wind energy industry.”
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