Scott Rowland, a consultant who previously held the position of vice-president of engineering and construction with First Wind, has been appointed vice president of engineering with Goldwind US.
Additionally, Bernie Lacoste, who was previously vice-president of operations and maintenance at First Wind has been appointed director operations and services with Goldwind US. Prior to joining Goldwid he worked as an application engineer and project manager for enXco and helped the company build projects on the US mainland and Hawaii and in Central America.
The two appointments are the first major hirings by Goldwind US since it brought in Rosenzweig to be CEO from First Wind. Rosenzweig was vice-president and chief financial officer of First Wind.
Goldwind will begin manufacturing nacelles and hubs in the US next year as it strives to achieve a third of sales in overseas markets and expand sales of direct-drive turbines.
The company's US arm has opened an office in Chicago to oversee operations in sales, service and manufacturing. Target markets include both North and South America.
The parent company's chairman and CEO, Wu Gang, says the overseas push is about more than unit sales. "Goldwind will cultivate itself into a leading wind turbine supplier in the world through internationalising its capital, talents, market, technologies and products."