Ohio is top ranked in onshore wind manufacturing. While onshore wind’s scale is larger, with consistent policies coinciding with a pipelineof offshore projects, manufacturers can re-tool their assembly lines to compete in a global supply chain. In fact, Ohio is already a leader in onshore wind ranking second in turbine component manufacturers and employing more than 7,500 people. Offshore wind will help solidfy this lead while creating a wide range of other jobs beyond the "making" to the "doing."
To help put this in perspective, Ohio's coal industry only employed 3,007 people in 2007 (EIA). In 2008, the Ohio Department of Development put together a wind energy brochure and map depicting all the various supply chain companies in Ohio's wind energy economy. A recent supply-chain analysis by the Environmental Law and Policy Center indicates that if turbine demand increases nationwide, Ohio will benefit above all states other than California.
A Cleveland-based supply-chain group, Great Lakes Wind Network (WIRE-Net) is the premier North American organization with focus on building a framework and policy to ensure Ohio manufacturers are amply equipped with the information and capabilities while plugging them into global markets.
Check out a video on Ohio's wind energy supply chain.