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Naperville, Ill.-based Broadwind Energy Inc. has announced that its heavy-steel fabrication company, R.B.A. Inc., has acquired a second facility that more than doubles the company's manufacturing space and increases its capacity.

R.B.A., an industrial mechanical contractor in Manitowoc, Wis., provides subcontract machining, fabrication, refurbishing, welding and assembly for several industries, including the manufacture of heavy steel components for cranes used in wind facility construction and turbine erection.

R.B.A.'s new facility in Clintonville, Wis., comprises approximately 60,000 square feet and covers nearly 20 acres.

"With this expansion, R.B.A. can further improve the service it has been providing the mining and crane-building industries," says Broadwind CEO J. Cameron Drecoll. "Meanwhile, it contributes to the increased efficiency and value that Broadwind is building in terms of complementary and collaborating platforms of companies."

In addition to R.B.A., the Clintonville facility will house the corporate offices of heavy-haul trucking company Badger Transport Inc., which Broadwind has agreed to acquire.

In related news, R.B.A.'s founder, Raymond Brickner III, has announced his retirement from his position as president of Tower Tech Systems Inc., a Broadwind-owned wind tower and offshore wind tower monopile manufacturer, which he also co-founded. In addition, Brickner has resigned as president of Broadwind Energy.

SOURCE: Broadwind Energy Inc.

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