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Posted on: December 22, 2009

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop

The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the second Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop on Jan. 14 from 1–5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

The workshop will provide manufacturers an orientation to the supply chain needs of the wind energy industry. Topics include: the basics of wind energy systems; quality standards required by OEMs; challenges involved in transitioning to the wind energy supply chain; and overall growth trends in the wind industry.

The workshop is open to all Kansas manufacturers interested in entering the wind supply chain, including those that operate a foundry, forge, machine shop or fabricating plant, or for those that operate a factory that produces power electronics, control systems, hydraulics, fasteners, brakes, blades, nacelles or supplemental equipment for the wind industry such as ladders, elevators, hoists, fire suppression, lighting or meteorological equipment.

Registration is $45 per person.

Make checks payable to the Kansas Department of Commerce. Please fax or mail your registrations to:

Kansas Department of CommerceAttn: Susan NeuPoth Cadoret
1000 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 100Topeka, KS 66612
Fax: (785) 296-3490

Registrations will also be accepted from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency prior to the event.

This will be the second Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop hosted by the Department of Commerce in the past four months. The Department hosted the first Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop on Oct. 5 in Topeka.

Sponsors include: GWEDC; Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program; Black Hills Energy; Blue Green Alliance; Kansas City Power & Light; KEDA; wKREDA; Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce; North Central Regional Planning Commission; East Central Kansas Rural Development Tax Credit Foundation; Great Plains Development, Inc.; Salina Area Chamber of Commerce; Koch Siedhoff Hand & Dunn; Foulston Siefkin; and Kennedy & Coe.

Kansas Wind Industry BackgroundKansas’ wind generating capacity recently surpassed 1,000 megawatts, making Kansas one of the top 10 states for wind energy production. The state’s capacity has more than tripled since the beginning of 2008, with five projects coming online in the past two years alone. This rapid increase in capacity, coupled with the state’s No. 3 national ranking for wind potential, has positioned Kansas among the elite states for wind energy production.

For details, contact Joe Monaco at (785) 296-3760 or


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