Spanish wind energy manufacturer GOIAN to locate in Iowa
Spanish wind energy component manufacturer Elevadores Goian has announced its first US facility will be located in the Greater Des Moines area. The company’s US division, Goian North America LLC, will lease and build-out a 16,000 square foot office, service and manufacturing facility from the Denny Elwell Company in the Metro North Business Park in Ankeny. Goian (pronounced goy-ANNE) designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services industrial elevation systems. The company provides lifts for people and equipment that are installed inside the support towers for wind turbines.
The company initially evaluated sites in five states. Goian required a facility that would accommodate manufacturing, assembly, service and office uses at competitive rates with ready interstate access to wind energy installations in Iowa and surrounding states. Additional factors that the company considered in making its location decision were worker availability, competitive amenities for workers and local community support. The company will initially hire up to twelve workers in sales, wind farm service, manufacturing and administrative roles.
“The new wind energy program at the main Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny will also be a substantial benefit for Goian.” commented Ankeny Mayor Steven Van Oort.
Iñaki Sancho, General Manager of Goian North America LLC, affirmed the competitiveness of the Greater Des Moines area as an advanced manufacturing center. “Goian is confident that our decision to place our first North American facility in the Des Moines area will be an excellent investment. We have easy access to the suppliers, customers and workforce that will grow our company well into the future.”
The Iowa Department of Economic Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership and City of Ankeny worked cooperatively to assist Goian in its site selection process. Goian is one of the three companies owned by the Jaso Group. The Group is a worldwide leader in the industrial elevation systems sector with 40 years of experience, over 800 employees and a presence in 31 countries.
Goian is the first company worldwide to develop its own rack-and-pinion technology and cable technology used for elevation systems in wind turbine towers. It has installed about 2,500 lifts so far. The company has developed seven models for use in the wind energy sector: four based on rack-and-pinion technology and three based on cable technology.
In the past couple of years, six other major wind energy manufacturers have announced plans to locate or expand their operations in Iowa, including TPI Composites Inc. and Siemens AG (blades), Trinity Industries Inc. and Hendricks (towers), Clipper and Acciona Energy (wind turbines).
“The wind industry continues to be a source of tremendous growth for Iowa,” said Michael Tramontina, director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. “We are pleased to add Goian to the growing list of wind-related companies that are choosing Iowa for their first North American location.”