Ground broken for wind energy research center

Canton, Ohio, July 27, 2011 The Timken Co., Stark State College and the Stark County Port Authority broke ground on a Wind Energy Research and Development Center. At the facility, Timken will develop ultra-large bearings and seals on equipment that replicates the operating environment of large multi-megawatt wind turbines.

The $11.8 million research and development center represents a collaborative effort between Timken, Stark State College, the Stark County Port Authority and Stark Development Board.

The center will anchor Stark State's new Emerging Technologies Airport Campus on 15 acres of property adjacent to the Akron-Canton Airport, on the borders of the city of Green in Summit County and Jackson Township in Stark County, Ohio.

The 18,000-square-foot center will secure 65 jobs directly, while creating a unique research practicum and technical certification program for Stark State College students, offering them critical experience conducting research, developing new designs and testing large wind-turbine bearing systems. It also will provide critical training for current and future technicians across the spectrum of operating services required by today's wind turbine manufacturers and operators.

Joint funding for the project combines more than $6 million invested by Timken; $2.1 million from Ohio's Third Frontier Commission; and $1.5 million in loans from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority's Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program.

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