Ten years ago David Koyle started Franklin Wind Energy Group and for years fought the good fight for growth as a start up. By the beginning of this year he was able to grow the company to three people before it really started to lift off.
The Franklin-based firm now employs 15 people, 10 independent contractors and is looking at bringing in some summer interns. All of this growth came in the last few months as the company installed its first Franklin wind turbine at Wayne State University’s campus.
“This is the first of many,” Koyle says. “We have orders to install several more starting in July.”
Franklin Wind Energy Group recently acquired the U.S. rights to manufacture and market a 30-foot tall vertical axis wind turbine. It plans to install these across the state on buildings, in farm fields and even on cell phone towers.
The company is also looking at teaming up with a local manufacturer to build the turbines. That could mean the creation of another 50 manufacturing jobs on top of the additional handful of researchers from Wayne State.
The 5kW Franklin Vertical Axis Wind Turbine can take wind from any direction, operates at low RPM with no vibration, and emits little noise
Source: David Koyle, president of Franklin Wind Energy
Writer: Jon Zemke