Patz Corp. in Pound, Wis., may be best known for its farm equipment, including mixers and barn cleaners, but the business is working to break into the wind sector by contracting to manufacture parts for wind generation.
"We want to be a subcontractor. If they want us to build parts or components for them, we'd do that," said Jim Reed, industrial sales manager at Patz. "Wind industry right now is something that is hot. If you look, every day you'll see those towers going down the road."
The company has not yet worked for the wind industry, but it has a machine shop and laser-cutting equipment as well as fabricating and assembly capabilities.
We're here if they want us to quote on jobs. We'll gladly do it" Reed said. "I don't know if it's going to be something big for us or not."
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