HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The winds of change are moving in the right direction for a lakeshore company that's investing in green technology. Holland-based Energetx is shipping out wind blades for the first time ever.
Each wind blade is about 150 feet long and weighs 17,000 pounds.
"It's a pretty big day for us to ship those blades. We're shipping some more and we hope it's a trend that just keeps going," says David Slikkers, CEO of Energetx.
The Holland-based company sent its first ever shipment on Friday, since beginning production.
"We team up with aerospace engineers, to design the blade, to make it the most efficient blade on the market," says Slikkers.
The wind blades use fiber glass, similar to the boats made by sister company, Tiara Yahts. The material is meant to withstand mother nature.
"Snow, rain, sleet, you name it, high wind, obviously," says Slikkers.
Energetx is currently selling wind blades to one customer, but company executives expect the wind industry to grow in the next couple years, and if that happens, they say it will lead to more hiring as well.
"There's several farms that are scheduled to go up in 2013 and 2014," says Slikkers.
The company currently has 100 employees.
"Getting in line with these supply chain processes could mean somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 to 400 additional jobs for Michigan," says Slikkers.
"I see my role as being part of something new, using the manufacturing skills that we have in this state and creating something that is higher tech," says Jake Boer, an Energetx employee.
"I think they should want to come work here, we're flexible and learning new things everyday," says Nancy Honor, an Energetx team leader.
Each wind blade is expected to last 20 years. Energetx says nine wind blades have been shipped out of state so far and six more will be delivered at the end of the month.