Michels Corporation announces the appointment of an experienced industry leader as general manager of Michels Wind Energy.
Jim Black has exceled as operations/quality manager and project manager at Michels Wind Energy before being selected to lead the division. Black will succeed Pat Herzog, who has been Black’s mentor. Herzog will take on a new role within Michels Corporation, serving as vice president of Michels Pipe Services where he will use his leadership skills to manage and oversee divisional operations.
“We have built a solid foundation for Wind Energy and are confident that this is the right time for Jim to take the helm of Michels wind division,” said Pat Michels, president of Michels Corporation. “Jim is an experienced leader who has extensive knowledge in wind energy, construction and contract management.”
Michels Wind Energy has amassed 4,100MW of wind farm experience throughout the United States since working on its first wind-related project in 1999. Michels Wind Energy is proud of its reputation for establishing strong relationships with its clients and turbine manufacturers.
“The wind market is not without its challenges, but I am confident that we have the right team and structure in place to start the new year. We are actively pursuing projects in the U.S. and Canada for next year,” Black said.
This summer, Black served as project manager on construction of Eva Creek Wind Farm in Ferry, Alaska. To guide the 12-turbine, 24.6 MW project to successful completion, Black and the Wind Energy team navigated complex logistical challenges and a tight timeline.
Michels Wind Energy has become more involved in heavy corrective work as a result of owning three main erection cranes. This will be a growing force in 2013, Black said.