Move tightens focus on continuous operational improvement NAPERVILLE, Ill.&p>'In his new role with the Company, Jess will help Broadwind continue to advance our operational initiatives, especially continuous improvement across our platform of wind-focused companies,' said J. Cameron Drecoll, Broadwind CEO. 'He has the vital skills and experience to help us prepare for the anticipated wind recovery.'
Collins said 'I am delighted to expand my role at Broadwind and look forward to this opportunity to help position Broadwind for its next phase of growth.'
Collins was most recently group president at Broadwind, leading the Company’s wind turbine tower and logistics subsidiaries. He joined the Company in August 2008 as vice president of heavy manufacturing and transportation services. Prior to this, Collins was president of wind tower manufacturer Trinity Structural Towers, Inc. and previously served as president of Trinity Containers, LLC, the largest propane container manufacturer in North America. Collins began his career with Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Triumph Group, an aerospace flight control surface manufacturer.
Collins holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been a member of both the American Wind Energy Association and the National Propane Gas Association.
The Company also named Paul Smith president of its Tower Tech Systems, Inc. subsidiary. Smith previously served as vice president and chief operating officer of Tower Tech. Prior to this, he managed the startup of a wind tower manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada, for DMI Industries.
Collins added 'Paul did an outstanding job bringing our state-of-the-art wind turbine tower plant in Abilene, Texas, online. We are pleased to promote him to this new position and look forward to his expanded contributions to our tower business.'
The Company also announced that Lars Moller, president of technology and international, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
The Company also announced that Lars Moller, president of technology and international, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.— Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN) today announced that Jesse (Jess) E. Collins has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Company, effective immediately. Collins, 44, is a wind industry veteran with more than 15 years of manufacturing and operations experience.
Drecoll concluded, 'We are sorry to see Lars leave Broadwind. He helped shape the Company and played a key leadership role in Broadwind’s development over the last three years. We wish Lars all the best in his future endeavors.'