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Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 8, 2011 at 9:18 AM.
A major supplier to the structural steel and wind tower fabrication industries, AISC member The Lincoln Electric Company this year has stepped further into the world of renewable energy. It recently built a wind tower on the grounds of its world headquarters and manufacturing campus in Euclid, Ohio, just east of downtown Cleveland. The 2.5 megawatt turbine is expected to generate up to 10% of the energy used for Lincoln Electric’s main plant in Euclid and save the company up to $500,000 a year in energy costs.
The tower, measuring 443 ft tall from base to the tip of its blades, is nearly as tall as a 45-story building. The structure is one of the largest urban wind towers in North America and evolved out of a strategic partnership between Lincoln Electric and the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force.
“The tower represents important cost savings, as well as our commitment to integrating renewable energy sources, among other ongoing green initiatives, into our manufacturing processes,” said George Blankenship, president, Lincoln Electric North America. “It stands as a visible symbol of Lincoln Electric’s commitment to the wind tower industry by showcasing the benefits our welding solutions offer to a prominent, fast-growing business segment.”
A portion of funding for the $5.9 million project came from a $350,000 loan from Cuyahoga County, while another $1.125 million in funds came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 via a State Energy Program Grant from the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. Lincoln Electric funded the remainder of the cost. The company, however, credits the assistance of the local, state and federal governments with making this landmark project a reality.