“As part of its expansion into the Americas, Goldwind USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, LTD recently added several professionals to its US-based staff,” Goldwind USA wrote in a news release a couple weeks ago.
Veterans of the wind energy industry, David Halligan and Sean Maguire, were appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development of Goldwind USA, respectively. Others were appointed to new managerial roles as well.
While writing on clean tech business expansion news like this is not really a focus here on Cleantechnica, this news release stood out to me.
We do often write on the global clean energy market and how different players are responding to the environmental and economic problems of the day. And we have written in the past about how China seems to be steaming ahead in the extremely fast-growing clean energy market, while the US does… “what it can.”
This news above is good in my eyes. A wind energy company is doing well (as could be expected) and expanding, in the US no less! And while it is a China-owned company, it is creating high-quality US jobs.
Of course, if it were completely a US company, the country would probably be benefiting a little more, but if the Chinese are going to be the leaders steaming forward on clean energy, we can at least be thankful for that, and the jobs it creates in the US.
And make sure to note this line in the quote at the bottom: “Armed with significant financing from the China Development Bank, the company has grown rapidly throughout the past several months.” Chinese clean energy companies are expanding for a reason. Their government and economic systems are helping them do so….
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And, if you are actually very interested in the micro-scale side of this story, here is some more information on Goldwind USA’s new COO, new Director of Business Development, and other new hires:
Prior to joining First Wind, Mr. Halligan held senior finance and accounting roles with the North American renewable energy arm of Italian utility, Enel, with former Shell/Bechtel-backed global power producer, InterGen, and with Deloitte. Mr. Halligan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce. He is a Certified Public Accountant (United States) and a Chartered Accountant (Canada).
As Director of Business Development, Mr. Maguire is responsible for business development and investment opportunity activities in the Americas for Goldwind. Prior to joining Goldwind, Mr. Maguire served as Business Development Manager to Dublin-based Mainstream Renewable Power and helped expand its presence in the North American Market. Mr. Maguire received an MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, a B.Sc. in Finance and Investments from Babson College and graduated from Aiglon College.
In addition to Mr. Halligan and Mr. Maguire, Goldwind USA also welcomed Ms. Terri Pollman as Senior Manager of Human Resources and Administration, Mr. Jeffrey Petersen, Regional Sales Manager and Ms. Kelly Southard, Senior Accountant.
Also, a little more on Goldwind’s expansion into the US.
As part of Goldwind’s global expansion, Goldwind USA’s headquarters was established in Chicago earlier this year as a launching point for the parent company’s efforts in the Americas. Armed with significant financing from the China Development Bank, the company has grown rapidly throughout the past several months. “Goldwind is committed to growing the wind industry and creating renewable energy jobs here in the Americas,” said Rosenzweig. “We are excited to be a part of that growth and are eager to utilize the significant resources that Goldwind brings to bear for projects in the Americas.”
Last month, Goldwind USA announced the additions of Vice President of Engineering Scott Rowland, and Bernie Lacoste, Director of Operations & Maintenance Services. Goldwind also recently completed a $26M deal with Ohio-based bearings manufacturer, the Timken Company to provide roller bearings and support and announced an agreement with South Dakota-based RENEW to provide maintenance services. Both deals are expected to create or preserve a significant number of US jobs.
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