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Wind-power repair company buys Visalia Electric Motor

An Indiana-based electrical contracting company has purchased the Visalia Electric Motor Shop as part of its expansion plans into the wind-power repair and maintenance industry.

MISCOR Group Ltd. provides electrical and mechanical solutions to industrial, commercial and institutional customers nationwide. It has 700 employees in 15 locations across the country.

Last year, it also entered the wind-power repair and maintenance business. And through its subsidiary, Magnetech Industrial Services, MISCOR will use the Visalia Electric Motor Shop to support field services and in-shop repairs in the western United States, home to the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world.

MISCOR said the Visalia acquisition also will expand the company's ability to provide repair and maintenance services to municipalities, independent power producers, refineries, mining and other heavy industrial customers on the West Coast.

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