Gov. Hogan announces Orsted, Crystal Steel To Bring $70 mil. project to Eastern Shore
FEDERALSBURG, Md. – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was in Federalsburg Thursday to announce a deal between offshore wind power developer Orsted and Crystal Steel to manufacture the steel for their facilities.
“This latest $70 million partnership will allow Crystal Steel to increase their workforce up to a third to construct the components that are fundamental to Orsted’s turbine foundations,” Governor Hogan said.
Orsted says this new investment means Crystal Steel will need to hire nearly 50 workers to handle building steel to create the buildings, structures and turbines for Orsted’s off-shore energy projects off the coast of Ocean City. Those projects are set to generate clean power for over 40,000 Maryland homes.
“We are talking about addressing the effects of climate change, and doing good things for the environment while providing clean energy while at the same time building manufacturing and creating jobs for people in a place where they need some help,” Governor Hogan said.
During a tour of the minority-owned factory, the Governor told those workers these investments would help to cut down on foreign imports to build America’s green infrastructure.
“Making things right here on the Eastern Shore as opposed to having to import them from somewhere else not getting the things you need it is a win-win-win,” Governor Hogan said.
According to Orsted’s CEO David Hardy, this deal is the first of many with a focus on local impact.
“Off-shore wind in the United States can and will be powered by U.S. workers, but I believe American ingenuity will also drive innovation and that we can drive offshore wind growth around the world,” he said, adding “We take our commitments to communities and workers seriously, these are long term commitments for us and just like at Crystal Steel we will deliver on those commitments.”
The deal will see Crystal Steel manufacture the steel, while a different factory in Baltimore will assemble them.