Wind Power is Booming in Michigan

For Tim Matthews, it would seem that “good enough” is never good enough. The site supervisor (maintenance group) for Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is continually looking for ways to increase efficiency in his turbine maintenance and repair operation. On a recent project to retrofit 50 Upper Michigan towers with lightning-deterrent tips, Vestas crews utilized four new self-propelled Genie® SX-180 booms. Offering 180 feet of vertical reach, the new boom is the largest unit the company currently offers and, despite a wet, cold spring which hindered production, played a key role in helping Matthews and his crews get back on track and actually complete the project a bit ahead of schedule.

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