Gear Technology Magazine

Broadwind Energy Announces Expanded Organizational Structure

February 4, 2009

Broadwind Energy recently announced an expanded organizational structure and leadership team to support its wind and alternative energy business in North America. The structure will be comprised of key operating platforms, including towers, service, gearing, transportation and heavy fabrication.

Don Nabb has been named president of Broadwind's Gearing Platform. Prior to joining Broadwind, he was president of Smiths Interconnect and held executive positions with various manufacturing companies in the medical, aerospace, industrial and defense markets. Nabb earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an MBA from Notre Dame.

"It's an exciting time to join Brad Foote and continue the expansion of our largest carburizing and tooth grinding facilities to meet the growing demands of the wind industry," Nabb says.  

Paul Smith has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Broadwind's Tower Platform. In his new role, Smith will oversee the Manitowoc, Wisconsin operations as well as the Sioux Falls, SD and Abilene, TX plants currently under construction. He has served as an executive consultant for Tower Tech since January 2008. Previously, Smith was general manager of DMI Canada, a manufacturer of wind towers.  He holds an industrial engineering degree from Niagara College and has prior experience in the aerospace and automotive industries.

"By segmenting our operating units and adding seasoned top level executives to focus on execution excellence, Broadwind will be able to support the extraordinary growth we expect in the wind energy market," says J. Cameron Drecoll, CEO of Broadwind. "We are delighted that Broadwind is able to attract the caliber of talent required to support our customers' needs."