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Wind turbines headed for Michigan

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MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – Nearly 300 oversized truckloads of turbine sections destined for a Michigan wind farm development are being ferried to Ludington, Mich., via the SS Badger.

The ferry’s owner estimates the ship will save 300 highway miles for the semitrailers, which get about 5 miles per gallon of gas. Broadwind Towers & Heavy Industries is manufacturing the turbines in Manitowoc for a development in Munger, Mich. Four sections for each of the 330-foot towers are bolted together in the field, usually with the help of Manitowoc Co. cranes.

Lake Michigan Carferry Service executive Pat McCarthy tells Herald Times Reporter Media that up to four wind tower truckloads can be shipped on each crossing. McCarthy said the Badger can handle 2,000 tons of cargo.

The shipments are expected to continue through late July or early August.

Information from: Herald Times Reporter, http://www.htrnews.com

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