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Wind turbines in future for Applied Dynamics

GREENFIELD — A company that has been selling and repairing industrial motors in the Interstate 91 Industrial Park for more than two decades has decided to add the manufacturing of wind turbines to its portfolio.

Applied Dynamics Corp. Chief Executive Officer David Manning said Thursday he bought a small company in Glens Falls, N.Y., and plans to start manufacturing wind turbines there. He said he will eventually manufacture them in Greenfield, as well.

“If all goes well, we could be employing 200 to 300 people, most of them here in Greenfield, over the next five years,” said Manning, who currently employs 62 people at his Greenfield plant.

Manning said he found the Glens Falls plant, which has also been selling and repairing industrial motors about 45 minutes from Albany, during a trip to New York to look for another building. He said he also owns a small plant on the Canadian border.

“I’ve been looking for places to expand the business in New Jersey, South America and Alaska. Everywhere,” said Manning. “I definitely plan to stay in Greenfield, though.”

The 55-year-old said he has gotten several offers for Applied Dynamics over the past few years, but has no intention of selling.

Instead, Manning, who lives in Gill, said he wants to design, patent and build wind turbines in addition to everything else his company offers.

Manning said some of Applied Dynamics’ accounts include Raytheon Co. and Pratt and Whitney.

He said he has been working with the government for the past couple of years to get training grants so that his employees have the latest knowledge and are up-to-date on any changes in the industry. He said he will have to do more training when he begins manufacturing wind turbines.

Manning said he started working for Lewis Electric Motors in the late 1980s, after he got out of the Navy, and stayed with the company after it was sold to Electric Motor Service and Sales.

“When Electric Motor Service and Sales decided to sell a year later, I bought it,” said Manning.

In 1991, Applied Dynamics was born, he said.

Manning moved Applied Dynamics to its current location on Butternut Street, which is across the street from where Electric Motor Service and Sales had operated, shortly after he bought the company.

Manning said he is building a 5,000-square-foot addition to his building, which will be 20,000 square feet when construction is complete.

He said Applied Dynamics also owns the former Heat Fab building on Haywood Street, which it uses as a warehouse. That building is 6,000 square feet.

Manning said Applied Dynamics bought a 5,000-square-foot building in Glens Falls and is renting a 50,000-square-foot building on the same property. He said Applied Dynamics will do the manufacturing in the larger building.

“We’re gearing up in New York to start manufacturing,” he said. “We’ll see how that goes. Then, we’ll bring some of it here, if all goes well.”

Manning said he has always been into wind turbines and solar energy.

“I found an old design for a wind turbine and built a small one that is here at the plant in Greenfield,” said Manning.

He said he is currently driving to and from Glens Falls three to four times a week to “get everything ready to go.”

“I really think the New York plant will complement the Greenfield plant,” he said.

Manning said the company has been picking up more and more business since 2009. He said with the manufacturing of wind turbines, he expects business to grow even more over the next couple years.

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