Kean Stimm announces factory location.
SPRINGVILLE — At the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards gala on March 22, Springville's Grover Riefler and Kean Stimm announced that Kean Wind Turbines Inc. will build its factory just outside of Springville, in the town of Ashford. The initiative, predicted to launch in 6 months, will create 75 jobs to start, with the potential for up to 400.
These wind turbines, according to Riefler, are 1/8 the size of windmills currently used to harvest wind energy, but will produce the same power.
"Kean forgot more than I ever learned," Riefler said, of the company's founder. "I was told two days ago that, of the many companies here in Western New York that have been wanting the choice of building of wind turbines in our community, that he has chosen Springville."
He thanked Kate Moody, Marsha Reding and Bill Krebs for their "tireless efforts" in their help with the project, and added, "I want to thank this community for standing behind me, standing behind Kean."
"Many of you have heard me in the past, talk about our wind turbine," Stimm said. "We have an international patent on it, in more than 50 foreign countries. We will be licensing this all over the world. Royalties will all be coming back to Wester New York, and profits will be staying in our area.
"Just recently, I became aware of a really great, beautiful plant here in Springville, 66,000 square feet with high ceilings and cranes overhead, exactly what we've been looking for, for a plant in WNY," he continued, of Riefler's plant, located just over the South Cascade and Miller Road Bridge. "It's really a great plant, which would be capable of producing about 10 turbines a day, about 2500 per year, employing about 75 people [at first], primarily for assembly operation. Most of it can be made right in Springville. We'd expect, perhaps, over 400 people would be employed eventually, with this operation here. There's still a lot of work to do. We're still at the phase now, developing our pre-production prototype. It's a work in process, but this is going to be a very major, international project. There's a lot to be done, here in Springville, to get ready for it."
"It's an absolute breakthrough. About $1 million of engineering has gone into this. We expect it to be ready in about 6 months," Riefler concluded.
Kean Wind Turbines, according to www.keanwindturbines.com
, "was founded with the conviction that we must take personal responsibility for finding solutions to today's energy and economic crises and that this work is best done locally in our own communities. It is the mission of Kean Wind Turbines, Inc. to design and manufacture the most efficient, affordable, compact, durable, safe and unobtrusive wind turbine."
More information on the turbines, as well as updates as testing continues, can be found at www.keanwindturbines.com.