Broadwind Energy's Brad Foote Gear Works Announces Long-Term Supply Agreement to Support GE Transportation's Growing Wind Business

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Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Broadwind Energy, Inc.

    NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadwind Energy,
 Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   BWEN) announced today that its wholly owned
 subsidiary, Brad Foote Gear Works Inc., has signed a three year, evergreen
 supply agreement with GE Transportation to provide gear sets for use in
 wind turbine gearboxes, which GE Transportation builds in Erie, Pa. for the
 North American market.
     The gearing components will be produced in Brad Foote's new 270,000
 square foot "lean factory" located in Cicero Ill. This recent expansion
 increases the Brad Foote's manufacturing space to nearly 600,000 square
     "Brad Foote is proud to have been a partner in GE Transportation's
 development of this advanced design, highly reliable gear system," said J.
 Cameron Drecoll, CEO of Broadwind. "GE Transportation has taught our people
 lean technologies as well as the value of Six Sigma. This has resulted in
 the transformation of a typical gear job shop into the third largest
 production center for wind gearing in the world."
     "Brad Foote has been with us from the start of our wind turbine drive
 program," said Todd Wyman, vice president, supply chain and GE Officer. "It
 has been enjoyable to watch them grow into a world class supplier to GE
     GE Transportation has been building megawatt class wind turbine gear
 drives since 2004.
     In 2002, GE Transportation created its Drivetrain Technologies group to
 design, develop and produce megawatt class wind turbine gearboxes. It has
 since grown into a leading supplier to the North American market,
 experience it is now leveraging as it expands into new markets with new
 customers. The long-term agreement with Brad Foote Gear Works is a key
 component of GE Transportation's capacity build out.
     No further details of the contract were disclosed.
     About GE Transportation
     Established more than 100 years ago, GE Transportation, a unit of
 General Electric Company (NYSE:   GE), is a global technology leader and
 supplier to the railroad, marine, drilling, mining and wind industries. GE
 provides freight and passenger locomotives, railroad signaling and
 communications systems, information technology solutions, marine engines,
 motorized drive systems for mining trucks and drills, megawatt class wind
 turbine gear drive systems, high quality replacement parts and value added
 services. With sales in excess of $4.5 Billion, GE - Transportation is
 headquartered in Erie PA, and employs approximately 10,000 employees
 worldwide. For more information visit
     About Broadwind Energy, Inc.
     Broadwind Energy, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   BWEN), Naperville, Ill.,
 owns, supports and strategically positions companies that manufacture,
 install and maintain components for energy and infrastructure-related
 industries with a primary emphasis on the wind energy sector. The company's
 operational platforms include wind tower manufacturing, other heavy steel
 manufacturing, service and construction and precision gear manufacturing.
 Its platform companies currently include Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc., a
 precision gearing systems manufacturer in Cicero, Ill.; Energy Maintenance
 Service LLC, a wind energy operation and maintenance service provider in
 Gary, S.D.; R.B.A. Inc., a heavy weld and machining fabricator in
 Manitowoc, Wis.; and Tower Tech Systems, Inc., a wind tower manufacturer in
 Manitowoc, Wis. Broadwind and its platform companies employ approximately
 800 people across the United States. For more information, visit
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 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
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