Bladt Industries A/S, a global leader in
foundations and substations for offshore wind, and Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-
owned engineering, construction, fabrication and architecture company based in the U.S., have
announced a strategic alliance to bring together resources and experience and create local jobs
along the Eastern Seaboard. Under the alliance, Bladt and Burns & McDonnell plan to source,
fabricate, produce and assemble steel, concrete and electrical components for individual U.S.
offshore wind projects.
“Burns & McDonnell is recognized as an industry leader in the U.S. transmission and power
delivery markets,” says Anders Søe-Jensen, CEO, Bladt Industries. “With Burns & McDonnell
having the ability to deliver projects in the U.S., combined with Bladt’s long track record and
position as a central player in the green energy transition, our alliance can offer a unique
solution to offshore wind developers looking to combine industry experience and local sourcing
in the U.S. offshore wind marketplace.”
The alliance aims to create substantial local jobs and economic benefits by providing local
resources, labor and equipment to help meet state and developer goals and policies at or near
port facilities along the Eastern Seaboard. As the offshore wind market expands in the U.S., the
alliance could help support the potential of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact
and job creation with the added benefit of leveraging institutional know-how from the mature
European market. In addition, Bladt and Burns & McDonnell will continue to look to engage
diverse businesses as part of the partnership.
“Our firm has supported critical infrastructure projects for more than 100 years, and we are
committed to supporting offshore wind projects that will help provide efficient, sustainable
energy for years to come,” says Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell.
“Through our alliance with Bladt, we can provide offshore wind developers a reliable U.S. supply
chain with support and experience from an industry leader in the European market.”
AZCO, a union construction contractor and steel fabricator that is part of the Burns & McDonnell
family of companies, will provide on-site production and assembly services as well as steel
fabrication capabilities for the alliance.
“The alliance will naturally use the strengths and experience of our firms to provide value and a
low-risk solution for offshore wind developers,” says Brett Williams, president, AZCO. “With the
alliance, our team has the right blend of experience with East Coast building trades, offshore
wind manufacturing and large project execution. As the U.S. becomes a new and strategic
market for offshore wind, we are well positioned to deliver on these large-scale projects.”
Together, Bladt and Burns & McDonnell are proactively working with state officials, developers,
trade organizations, fabricators and contractors to build the supply chain needed to support and
sustain the growing offshore wind market. This includes the evaluation and pre-qualification of
dozens of local fabricators and suppliers throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
Through this approach, offshore wind developers can meet local content requirements under
the umbrella of Bladt’s steel fabrication experience in the global offshore wind market and Burns
& McDonnell’s project delivery experience in the U.S.