The making of windmill towers

We passed by Ameron Wind Tower Division on our way to deliver our trucks yesterday. On the way back to our hotel Joe slowly drove past the facility so I could take pictures.

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The rolled steel pieces are trucked in as segments and stored until ready to be assembled.

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Next the pieces are moved into a massive building and welded together.

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When the welding is done the towers are then moved into a sandblasting facility on the property. There the surface rust and welding debris is cleaned off and made ready for painting.

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A block fence and bushes were in the way obscuring the view of that building but we heard the roaring noise out to the street.

Painting is the final stage of constructing the towers.

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Just thought you’d like to know this little bit of information.

On another tangent, across the highways we travel I see trucks with “Jesus Christ is Lord and not a swear word”. There are more than one I’ve seen. This company is based out of Fontana, California also.

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And finally, wooden pallets by the stack. Shipping facilities, like a grocery warehouse, buy the pallets to stack goods on that will be sent out by truck to your local grocery store.

Industry of all kinds I saw yesterday while driving one street in Fontana, California.

Okay, I bet you’ve had enough for now. It is time to head back to Red Bluff and begin moving the Las Vegas trucks tomorrow. Enjoy your day.

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

9 responses to “The making of windmill towers

  • Shelly

    Hi Leslie,
    A day late reading your post but did find it interesting about the wind mill towers since we will be getting one close to us, mostly in Vermilion County where we live and a few in Champaign county all the same company. Gonna be the second largest for this company which means jobs for many who have taken the training offered at our community college. There is a stretch of windmills in Indiana we travel through takin the kids to an amusement park and the kids get a real thrill seeing them all in motion. Hope you are faring well we have had a repreve in the heat today but are expected to have high temps again by Saturday. Yucky 🙂 Take care and be safe.
    Love and hugs,
    Shelly

    • Message In A Fold

      Jobs for people is a great thing!! If you get the chance to drive around to see what they are doing when the towers are installed you will be amazed at the diameter of the concrete base that is installed to hold that tall boy up. Once it is covered over with dirt a person would think the tower is just poked into the ground.

      There will be some flack after the first one is up and running. They make a rhythmic “whoosh whoosh” noise as the blades spin. It is not loud like a train or an airplane but they do make some noise. The birdwatchers will be the next to cry “foul” because there will be a lot of birds killed when they fly into the blades.

      Now, I would not willingly sign up for the job of doing maintenance on the generator house way up on top of the windmill. Someone will do it and be paid mega bucks for it. I’m afraid of heights.

      You poor Sweetie. The heat is really horrid, and the humidity is almost choking where you live. I hope you guys have a great weekend. I look forward to more of your creativity 🙂
      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    I love seeing the windmills. We haven’t got any in our county but go further south or north and there are plenty to see. I know that many people hate them and some ‘experts’ say they aren’t as efficient as we are told but if it helps in lowering the consumption of oil then I’m all for it.

    Thanks for your information and for taking the time to put up the photos and imparting your words of wisdom – we all enjoy it Leslie.

    Love and hugs to you both
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      The windmills are nearly all across this country. They started in California more than 20 years ago. I don’t know if they have helped the Californian’s with the electrical grid or not. They must do something because those towers have been moving steadily eastward over the past six years. We see them on the highways more and more now. There are several plants in the US that make the fan blades while others make the towers. Somebody is benefiting from the windmill industry.

      I hope you are going to have a fun weekend. Maybe some time with Kim and the two of you will get glittered and glued in a riot of fun 🙂
      Love you – Leslie

  • Maureen Mathis

    We see the blades for those windmill towers being transported all the time on I-35 through town. I always wonder where they are going to. We’re having like our 12th day in a row or something like that of temps over 100. Stay cool, sista!

    • Message In A Fold

      Yikes, and double yikes!!! It is hot, hot, hot in your neck of the woods. Like you, I will be glad when this summer is on the way out and cooler temperatures start coming back. It is hot everywhere!

      Up the road from you….way up in Gainesville, there is a plant that makes the fan blades for the windmills. I wonder if some of the pieces you see going through your town are “MIT” (Made In Texas) ;-).
      Love you Sista!

  • thomaswagon

    You Have Innocent informations about electricity projects.I liked it.Thanks for your information and for taking the time to put up the photos and imparting your words of wisdom – we all enjoy it Leslie.
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    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

      I looked at your website. Quite a list of customers you have. ABB is a good company to work with.

      Continued good luck to you and your business.

      Leslie

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