2018 award winners for Maryland’s offshore wind business & workforce development program announced
"This means jobs this means its time to start the economic activity that's going to lead to hopefully a 25 year string of day in and day out jobs," said President and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee Mike Dunn.
Local businesses are excited about the prospect of off-shore wind farms coming to the Eastern Shore. The Maryland Energy Administration awarding three businesses more than $500,000 combined to participate in the two offshore wind projects in Maryland recently approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission.
"This grant we are getting to help the workforce be ready for a new industry coming to north America which is the offshore wind industry," said CEO of Arcon Welding Katarina Ennerfelt.
Arcon Welding Training School received $100,000.
"In the end we're hoping that the students will be able to get some real hands on training by actually manufacturing a few of those parts ourselves," said Ennerfelt.
Devreco LLC of Salisbury also received $100,000 and plans to take part in the wind shore project.
"We are going to attempt to facilitate the planning and the approvals associated with the construction and development of an offshore wind operations and maintenance facility," said Principal with Devreco Brad Gillis.
Although some residents still aren't on board with the wind farms potentially coming to Ocean City, Dunn says every concern is being looked at and taken into careful consideration.
"We're encouraging dialogue and that's the kind of dialogue we respect completely where the folks in Ocean City are coming from where the town of Ocean City is coming from," said Dunn.
Martin Holdings Incorporated of Ocean City was also awarded more than $300,000. The MEA adds that offshore wind will bring new revenue streams and additional job and training opportunities to the state.
And believe Maryland is the perfect location to serve as the supply chain hub for the industry and that the grants will make sure the state has skilled employees to take advantage of the new accompanying jobs.