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Former Cutlery Plant Eyed by Turbine Manufacturing Company in Crisfield

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 CRISFIELD, Md.- A Massachusetts-based company is eyeing the former Carvel Hall cutlery plant as a site to manufacture turbine blades.

Windpower Aeronautica is a company that builds mid-scale turbines, no higher than 310 feet,  for industrial and commercial use. Representative Brian Kuhn tells WBOC the company is looking at several properties along the East Coast. 

In a statement, Kuhn said “Aeronautica Windpower is investigating several locations from New England to Maryland, including the Eastern Shore, where a wind turbine assembly facility could be located.  Our ‘Queen-Size' 750KW wind turbines, which stand less than 310 feet tall, are often used for on-site generation at wastewater treatment plants, schools, etc.  Maryland's Eastern Shore has a good combination of moderate wind speeds and electric costs which make such ‘community wind' projects feasible.  This can mean both jobs and savings for the local economy, if the public can be open to the technology.”

Larry Laird of Smith Island is one of several people who support the idea. 

"I think it's a good idea to bring business here," Laird said. "I mean, there's a lot people out of jobs, and it would be good to bring people in town. It will get things going."

Gene Tyler , who is unemployed, has lived in Crisfield all his life. He hopes wind developers bring more business and jobs to the area.

"Everyone needs to work who is healthy , and we all would appreciate jobs coming down here," Tyler said.

Aeronautica Windpower is responsible for the wind turbine project that will come to life behind Crisfield's Wasterwater Treatment Plant. 

The director, Danny Thompson, of Somerset County's Economic Development Commission did not return phone calls about the proposal.  It is not clear when the company will make their decision on the Carvel Hall property and what the process requires.

Austin Cox of Crisfield hopes the decision will come soon.

"We can use all the business in the world."

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