Universal Wind Power, which stepped away from a South Worcester land deal for a temporary Auburn headquarters and Devens-based partnership with Coghlin Companies’ Columbia Tech, intends to hire military veterans for 80 percent of its Worcester-area workforce when plans for production of the firm’s energy-producing, vertical axis turbines are crystallized.
That could mean jobs, training and potentially benefits for some 80 former service men and women. Universal Wind Power owner and CEO Rafael Mayor said he plans to hire at least 100 people once he finds a permanent home base. And he still has eyes on the Seven Hills.
“We want to hire people directly from Worcester. We’ve been really looking for ex-military vets here in Worcester more so than anything else. It’s something that [is] in our hearts and in the hearts of a lot of people in our company,” Mayor said in an interview on May 23.
Columbia Tech, a contracting arm of the Coghlin group, is planning to build systems and control panels for Universal Wind Power’s first three large (100 kilowatt hours per month) turbines. Mayor said the company is working toward a deal with Massport, and one of the initial turbines could be cited at Worcester Regional Airport.
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