Detroit Area Machine Shops Discover the Way to Wind

Successful Seco Tools Wind Conference Provided Roadmap, Resources, Know-How Over 50 machine shop owners and representatives recently attended the Seco Tools &ldquo Tooling up for Wind Power Generation&rdquo conference co-sponsored by the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley, and Oakland County Planning & Economic Development.

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Successful Seco Tools Wind Conference Provided Roadmap, Resources, Know-How Over 50 machine shop owners and representatives recently attended the Seco Tools &ldquo Tooling up for Wind Power Generation&rdquo conference co-sponsored by the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley, and Oakland County Planning & Economic Development. This was the first diversification event in the area aimed specifically at helping metalcutters convert their shops from automotive to wind energy production work. Attendees received extensive information on how to enter the wind energy sector including necessary tooling, equipment and available government financial assistance. The meeting was opened by Seco Tools President Kurt Nordlund, who said &ldquo Given this economy, we want to do what can to help companies move forward. We have extensive knowledge in machining metals for wind energy components, and we want to connect that knowledge to the skilled manufacturing base that we have around us. If we focus on this together, we can generate area jobs in wind power. &rdquo Other presenters at the event included NextEnergy, the Great Lakes Wind Network, wind tower manufacturer DMI Industries, Mori Seiki machine tools, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Oakland County Planning & Economic Development, a representative from the 9th Congressional District of Michigan, and Seco tooling experts. Attendees to the event represented manufacturers from Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Jackson Counties. Eric Neumann of Concord Tool & Manufacturing (Mt. Clemens, Mich.) commented, &ldquo The recent Wind Energy Conference was very informative and I definitely took a lot out of it. Seco Tools went above and beyond to lend a hand to the struggling metal fabrication industry. &rdquo Conference speaker Cindy Douglas, Vice President of Business Development and Attraction, MEDC, told the audience, &ldquo I don&rsquot know of another company doing anything like this, I applaud Seco Tools for this effort. &rdquo This is the first in a series of seminars developed by Seco that are focused on helping Michigan metalcutting manufacturers remain viable by transitioning into growing industry sectors such as medical and aerospace. If you would like to be notified on upcoming Seco conferences, please call: 248-528-5478 Seco Tools Inc., originally known as Carboloy, has maintained a strong presence in the Detroit area for over 80 years, establishing a brand new headquarters in 2008 featuring a state-of-the-art Tech Center and auditorium. The company is committed to solving its customers? ever-increasing demands for greater productivity, quality and cost-effectiveness and offers a full range of solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and threading applications. Further, the company&rsquos service solutions include a suite of software tools that enable customers to optimize their manufacturing processes. Click here for more information on wind generation. If you have any questions, please contact us at 248-528-5478 or email windenergysolutions.us@secotools.com.