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At the SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directors meeting held on Monday, a report from WETS (Wind Energy Turbine Services) was given.
In attendance at the meeting were three of the four co-owners of the company--Larry Martin, Mark Meneses and Jason Hefner. James McCasland makes up the fourth member of leadership.
WETS opened their doors in 2007 with a mission to provide every customer a commitment to integrity, respect and quality workmanship. By doing so, they have been able to create lasting relationships with some of the largest wind industry businesses in the world.
After eight years, WETS still provides the highest quality of safety and service to the growing wind industry. The highly trained and skilled employees of WETS helps them to maintain their progress, and the combination of employees and leadership will allow for the success to continue.
Their average number of employees has grown from 10 at its inception and now stands around 55. Their peak worker base was in 2009, when they had 45 employees, with ten of those being summer interns.
Their total number of hours per year has ranged from around 13,000 up to 105,000, with the percentage of local employees varying from 88% to 95%. Over the past eight years, WETS has worked in various states such as Texas, California, New York, Iowa, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado and Missouri. The company performs maintenance, oil changes, bolt tensioning, retrofits and various other standard services to their customers.
In March 2012, WETS formed a partnership with Star Safety Services for OSHA and tractel training as well as CPR/first aid classes to expand customer services. The partnership has allowed for WETS employees to receive training and assistance with skills, while Star Safety Services has also been used by WETS customers and other industries, including wind and oil businesses.
The collaboration between SEED and WETS in 2007 has proven to be successful for both entities. The springboard provided by SEED was used to the fullest by WETS to create the established and growing company that it has become. In turn, WETS has created jobs for Sweetwater residents which has provided an economic boost to the area--which is one of the main goals of SEED.
From the company's beginning, to its current standing and its future outlook, WETS has become an example of how SEED creates business and work opportunities in the area, which was echoed by SEED Executive Director Ken Becker at the end of the report.