Goldwind continues to build presence in Americas

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. Among the additions include wind industry veterans David Halligan and Sean Maguire as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development respectively.

"I am excited to add David and Sean to our growing team," said Tim Rosenzweig, CEO of Goldwind USA. "In just a few months, we have grown our corporate team into a formidable group of wind industry professionals who are deeply experienced in the North and South American markets. David and Sean will help spearhead our efforts to meet and exceed our expansion goals in the Americas."

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Halligan is responsible for the financial management and control of Goldwind’s efforts and expansion in the Americas. Prior to joining Goldwind USA, Mr. Halligan was Director and Controller of Newton, Massachusetts-based First Wind Energy. Mr. Halligan was responsible for the Direction of First Wind’s development of company financial operations from a small start-up to a company with over 150 employees and $2 billion of capital.

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.

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.

Founded in 1998, Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd. employs over 3,100 staff and has installed over 6,000 wind turbines with a capacity base of 5,900 MW globally. With offices and facilities throughout Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas, Goldwind, has consistently been ranked among the leading wind turbine manufacturers in the world. Chicago-based Goldwind USA was established in early 2010 and serves as the headquarters for Goldwind’s operations in North and South America.

Goldwind offers a comprehensive, turnkey menu of services including research and development, product development and service solutions including wind resources evaluation, feasibility studies, micro-siting calculation, project management and engineering services. Goldwind collaborates with a variety of international partners to advance industry-leading supply chain strategies, production capabilities, innovative turbine designs and R&D programs that have helped the company capture close to 8% of the global market in 2009.

RENEW Energy Maintenance LLC, a Midwest-based wind turbine service company, has entered into a multiyear strategic relationship with Goldwind USA Inc. RENEW Energy Maintenance will provide operations and maintenance services to Goldwind USA and for projects owned by Goldwind’s affiliates.

"We are impressed with Goldwind’s wind turbine technology, including their utilization of direct-drive power transmission, and are excited about the opportunity to grow with Goldwind’s expanding North American presence," says James P. Mikel, president of RENEW Energy Maintenance.