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 Wind TurbineA delegation of five businesses mostly from the Gaspésie region have returned from an economic mission to Texas with nearly 30 requests for service and partnership opportunities involving North American players in the wind turbine operation and maintenance field. Organized by the TechnoCentre éolien and the Quebec Wind Energy Cluster, the April 14 to 17 trade mission featured business meetings, a trade show, presentations, and a tour of a wind farm remote control facility.

Quebec wind energy business representatives at a wind farm remote control facility

Photo courtesy of TechnoCentre éolien

The mission aimed primarily to promote the products and services of Quebec businesses active specifically in the wind turbine maintenance and operation field. The five enterprises that made up the delegation were Suspendem – Rope Access Incorporated, B&B High Performance Brake Pads, Maintenance Logic System, Techéol, and Collineo. Members of the delegation participated in 56 business meetings, several of which were highly promising in terms of contracts. 

“This has been my most successful mission since our company was founded. I have a week’s work ahead of me simply to prepare all the bids,” said Evan Mulrooney, Operations Manager at Techéol. As for Roger St-Arneault, CEO of Maintenance Logic Systems in Gaspé, “the organized business meetings gave me the opportunity to meet the right people and increase the likelihood of obtaining contracts.” 

“I’ve taken part in a number of economic missions abroad with other organizations in the past and this one was the very best,” added Collineo CEO, Guillaume Lambert. “It was so well organized that I had a full slate of business meetings. They might ultimately lead to three contracts in the short term: two in the inspection and engineering field and the other involving wind power-related robotic technologies. And then there are all the projects that could be accomplished in partnership.”

The dynamic energy of the Quebec delegation did not go unnoticed at the summit. “The results obtained by our enterprises during this mission clearly demonstrate that they can earn distinction on international markets,” said Frédéric Côté, TechnoCentre éolien General Manager. “Backed by the maturity they’ve acquired in Quebec, they can now offer innovative products and services to major North American prime contractors.” 

 

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Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company.

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As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and comfort, the need for power quality has become vital. Fluke is a leader in this field, offering power quality training seminars, as well as employing power quality specialists with years of industry experience.

This month’s personal profile is a double feature of two of Fluke’s senior power quality specialists, Hilton Hammond and Frank Healy.

Hilton Hammond has been with Fluke since 1995, and in 2013 moved into his current position as Power Quality Business Unit Manager. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of power quality and related electrical instrumentation. 

Frank Healy, Power Quality Product Marketing Manager at Fluke since 2006, has been in the industry for well over three decades. He globally manages Fluke’s power quality products, including measuring instruments and precision power analyzers.

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