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From the May Issue


New Anchor Employer Catalyzes Redevelopment of Legacy GE Complex in Fort Wayne

The project speaks to the transformative momentum in northeast Indiana.

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From the September Issue


Logistics Simplified

A wind energy CEO and packaging company president describe how Tradepoint Atlantic is putting industry into motion on the East Coast.

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In late August Blue Run Spirits announced it will locate a new whiskey operation in Georgetown, Kentucky, better known for making cars than bourbon. The project will include a 35,000-sq.-ft. distillery and a 20,000-sq.-ft. rickhouse and will serve as the company’s first vertically integrated distilling operation and future headquarters,” said a release from the state. “When we started Blue Run Spirits in October of 2020, we never imagined a distillery would be in our future, but our unprecedented growth has deemed that a necessity, which is an incredibly exciting prospect for our entire team,” said Blue Run Spirits CEO and co-founder Mike Montgomery, noting the “generous support” of the commonwealth through various incentive programs. The company already has released 10 bourbons and rye whiskeys, and its 2022 volume is expected to quintuple its 2021 total, with sales projected at approximately $15 million Since the start of the Gov. Andy Beshear administration, the commonwealth’s spirits industry has announced more than 50 new-location or expansion projects totaling over $1.1 billion in planned investments and creating more than 900 announced full-time jobs. Currently, approximately 60 spirits facilities directly employ more than 5,300 people.

Source: Conway Projects Report


The world’s first nailable solar shingle will soon be produced in another Georgetown, the latest city north of Austin (after Pflugerville and Round Rock) to demonstrate meteoric growth. Standard Industries’ GAF Energy announced the project in July. A lease has been signed, and the 450,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be complete by June 2023. “Once improvements are complete, the new facility will serve as the company’s second U.S. manufacturing center for its award-winning solar roof, Timberline SolarTM,” said a news release. The first one is in San Jose, California. “Featuring the world’s first nailable solar shingle, Timberline SolarTM is the only roof system to directly integrate solar technology into traditional roofing processes and materials. The buildout of the property and its ongoing operations will result in hundreds of new, U.S.-based, clean energy manufacturing jobs and build on GAF Energy’s ongoing effort to deliver a solar roof product that is assembled in America.” “Georgetown has a long track record as a clean energy leader,” said GAF Energy President Martin DeBono, “so it is the perfect home for us to build the future of solar.” The company will receive a total combined incentive package worth more than $3.24 million for the project.

Source: Conway Projects Report





Hot Dog! Here Come the Fungi.

Watch out, Chicago dogs: Illinois is now breeding an upstart plant-based alternative.

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From the September Issue


Massive Impact

With no shortage of muscle, Illinois moves many things fast.

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No commercial-scale floating offshore wind power projects have been constructed yet in the U.S., but this NREL file photo from 2013 shows the Windfloat Floating Offshore Foundation and Vestas V-80 2MW Offshore Wind Turbine at Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, at the Agucadoura Wave Farm. The semi-submersible platform mooring the foundation acts as a boat landing.

Photo by Senu Sirnivas / NREL courtesy of EDP Renewables

The U.S. East Coast gets all the attention when it comes to the economic development potential of offshore wind power generation. But did you know the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is just as engaged with the West Coast? The department’s newly announced Floating Offshore Wind ReaINess (FLOWIN) Prize is a case in point. Announced earlier this month, it’s part of DOE’s new Floating Offshore Wind Shot, one of DOE’s Energy Earthshots, the goal of which is to drive down the costs of floating offshore wind energy by 70% by 2035. “About two-thirds of the nation’s offshore wind resources are in areas with water more than 60 meters deep — where floating offshore wind turbines are more practical than fixed-bottom ones,” the department explains. “The FLOWIN Prize is designed to help develop a domestic supply chain and accelerate market readiness of U.S. floating offshore wind energy designs, thus opening up deeper U.S. waters for offshore wind energy deployment, like those found on the West Coast.”


PTI Kortrijk students train with an Urban Crop Solutions farming unit.
Photo courtesy of Urban Crop Solutions and PTI Kortrijk

Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) and the Provincial Technical Institute (PTI) in the Belgian city of Kortrijk in Flanders have agreed on a collaboration whereby an indoor farm supplied by UCS will be used for training purposes by PTI Kortrijk to train students with the skills required to become indoor farmers. “It is becoming apparent that as indoor farming systems advance and become more popular and commercial, that they are here to stay as an additional agricultural method,” the organizations announced. “It is therefore imperative that the operators of indoor farms are properly educated and trained in order to capitalize on and extract the maximum value from any investment in an indoor farm.”

PTI Kortrijk is a well-known technical and science institute with more than 1000 students graduating every year. “Our service technicians feel the gap emerging in educated personnel in the indoor farming community as more indoor farms arise,” said Maarten Vandecruys, chief technology officer of Urban Crop Solutions. “In some circumstances, we have to take over the operation of an indoor farm until our client finds the right personnel to manage their indoor farm. The partnership with PTI gives us the possibility to send students from the institute to our clients for internships, and to eventually launch their careers in this promising new industry.”