Following the successful presentation of the offshore wind industry’s premier supply chain workshop, Foundation 2 Blade, seCTer Executive Director Paul Whitescarver authored an op-ed reinforcing the opportunities presented by the industry.
The op-ed was published by The Day, under the headline ‘A new American industry set to launch from Port of New London.’
The piece describes the realities of the industry, acknowledging that early projects will be largely supplied by European factories, but stressing that enormous opportunities are available across a broad spectrum of businesses. Precision manufacturing will be needed as well as administrative support, skilled construction workers, engineers, operations technicians, and maintenance workers.
As was pointed out at the Foundation 2 Blade event, a US workforce will be required to fill all of these requirements because European demand for offshore wind remains strong and faces similar workforce challenges as US employers are facing.