280 truckloads of turbines headed for Michigan

Nearly 300 oversized truckloads of turbine sections destined for a Michigan wind farm development are being ferried to Ludington by the S.S. Badger.
AP Wire
May 30, 2013


The ferry's owner estimates the ship will save 300 highway miles for the semitrailers, which get about 5 miles per gallon of gas.

Broadwind Towers & Heavy Industries is manufacturing the turbines in Manitowoc, Wis., for a development near Saginaw and Bay City. Four sections for each of the 330-foot towers are bolted together in the field, usually with the help of Manitowoc Company cranes.

Lake Michigan Carferry Service executive Pat McCarthy said that up to four wind tower truckloads can be shipped on each crossing. McCarthy said the Badger can handle 2,000 tons of cargo.

The shipments are expected to continue through late July or early August.


Say no to new taxes

Shipped here? Why aren't they being MADE here? When will this country ever learn?


It's not like they're being made in China, Wisconsin is just on the other side of Lake Michigan.....what do you expect the country to learn from that? At least they're American made.

lazy greyhounds

I'm curious if any thought was given to Energetx Composites (Tiara Yachts) of Holland, who also manufacture blades right here in Michigan. Would be nice to keep Michigan working instead of the cheeseheads.


If you notice...the article states that they're sections of the tower coming from Wisconsin...not the blades.


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