SALT LAKE CITY - Fiber-Science Inc., a division of EDO Corp. in Salt Lake City, has been awarded a $4.5 million contract to manufacture fiberglass windmill blades. Enercon, headquartered in Aurith, Germany, awarded Fiber-Science the contract to make the blades for a large wind-farm that the company plans to establish in Texas, said Dave Larsen, manager of contracts for Fiber-Science.
Larsen said the company had been involved in the manufacture of fiberglass wind blades a number of years ago, but had not had any business in that market for some time. Enercon needed a U.S. manufacturer of the blades to supply its U.S. operations.
Fiber-Science is awaiting tooling and the final specifications for the blades, which will measure 60 feet in length.
There are three blades per windmill.
``We plan to have the first of the blades made by Aug. 1,'' said Larsen, who declined to say how many blades the company will produce.
Fiber-Science plans to add 30 people to its 44-person staff to fulfill the contract. The company's primary market is the commercial and military aircraft industry, for which it builds water and waste tanks.
EDO makes software, natural gas tanks and refueling products, ceramics and acoustic products for underwater applications.