OMCO Solar, a provider of factory-direct solar trackers and fixed-tilt solutions, announced its fifth manufacturing facility in Warsaw, Indiana and a new, state-of-the-art torque tube line at their Pierceton, Indiana plant.
The company now maintains over 500,000 square feet of domestic manufacturing capacity across five factory locations, and currently produces torque tubes in Phoenix, Arizona and Pierceton, Indiana.
In celebration, OMCO Solar hosted over 200 local officials, community members, employees and partners at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pierceton manufacturing facility on May 11. The ceremony was the second event in OMCO Solar’s OMCO Connect Solar Partnerships Initiative. Gary Schuster, President and CEO of OMCO announced OMCO Solar’s new 2023 initiative to advance solar-friendly partnerships and promote domestic job creation in March, following a hosted tour for local Arizona legislator at OMCO Solar’s Phoenix plant. The campaign is focusing efforts initially on Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, and Ohio – the key states in which OMCO Solar’s manufacturing facilities are located.
“I am personally proud that we have been dedicated to US manufacturing from day one, and that commitment has continued for our 65-year history. In addition to domestic manufacturing, our OMCO Connect campaign is designed to promote solar – the most economical source of new energy production – and stable employment. Today, thanks to the IRA, domestically-sourced material is in high demand and OMCO Solar is well-positioned to capitalize on that while accelerating clean energy adoption,” Schuster remarked.
The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the Pierceton solar power plant that provides energy to the company’s torque tube production, and recognized the OMCO employees and partners that helped construct it.
The Pierceton solar power plant has an energy yield of 332.7 MWh, and features a variety of OMCO Solar products: ground posts, torque tubes, bearing mounts, drive mounts, dampener mounts, panel mounts, cross brackets, and Z-purlins. OMCO Solar team members manufactured all of the structural components, and installed the solar power plant, working in conjunction with Koontz-Wagner and Inovateus Solar. PV manufacturers included Trina Solar, Hanwha Solutions, and JA Solar.
To date, OMCO Solar has invested $60 million in equipment and tooling to expand their manufacturing capacities.
“We have made substantial investments in our manufacturing capabilities, enabling us to produce a variety of solar trackers that can meet any requirement. We’re the only solar fixed-tilt and tracker company that manufactures our own products in the US with US Steel. All of the other major tracker manufacturers currently import torque tubes from foreign countries,” concluded Eric Goodwin, director of business development for OMCO Solar.
— Solar Builder magazine