In Construction, Isabella Wind Puts Michiganders to Work

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For several years Apex Clean Energy has worked in northern Isabella County to develop Isabella Wind, the largest renewable energy project ever constructed in Michigan. Throughout development, the project overcame numerous obstacles, and progress was only possible because of Apex’s commitment to uniting the community and conducting business in an open, honest, and transparent manner. 

Today, Isabella Wind is under construction and investments are being made throughout the community.  As one of the largest economic development opportunities in the history of central Michigan, Isabella Wind will deliver more than $600 million in direct local investment and more than $30 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years. In anticipation of these new funds the county has already voted to offer fiscally responsible raises to county staff and employees.

With construction underway, Apex’s emphasis on transparency and support of the local community continues. 

The construction workforce is currently comprised of crews from multiple local contractors, and Fagen, Inc., a nationally recognized construction firm that was selected through a competitive bidding process to serve as the Balance of Plant (BOP) contractor through the end of construction. 

As the BOP contractor, Fagen has hired numerous local contractors to help build the project. Overall, the workforce is nearly evenly divided among union and non-union members – including the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and Operating Engineers (IUOE). Michiganders currently comprise more than 60% of the workforce. 

Local Contractors Working on Isabella Wind

  • Central Concrete (Mt. Pleasant, MI) – Central has been contracted to provide all the concrete for this project.
  • Fisher Companies (Mt. Pleasant, MI) – Contracted to manage the civil construction associated with this project, including work on county roads, and building access roads to the turbines. Fisher uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce.
  • Mills Excavating (Ithaca, MI) – Contracted to manage drain tile repair and soil decompaction in the fields throughout construction.
  • MJ Electric (Iron Mountain, MI) – Contracted to install all under- and above-ground transmission lines associated with this project. MJ uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce.
  • Ten Mile Paving – Subcontracted through Fisher to work on road stabilization. Ten Mile uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce. 

Isabella Wind, and the benefit it brings to the local community, is only possible because of the support we’ve received from more than 600 families across the northern part of the county who signed up to participate. Not only are we excited to support and create jobs through construction, but we are even more pleased to know that the expected tax revenues from Isabella Wind have helped make it possible for the county to offer well deserved bonuses and raises to county staff and employees.

The number of people working to build Isabella Wind will increase to more than 200 workers by midsummer and continue at the elevated level until the project is completed by the end of the year.