Turbine testing plant opens in Immokalee
Special from the Naples Daily News by Tracy X. Miguel:
An industrial gas turbine company is open for business in Immokalee.
Turbo Services Inc., a Margate-based company, tested its first engine Wednesday at the Immokalee Regional Airport.
"It's a feat that we are very proud of," said Michael Parker, business development manager for Turbo Services.
Turbo Services Inc. is an industrial gas generator repair and overhauling shop that rebuilds the Pratt and Whitney GG-4 Turbine Engine, used by electric power companies such as Florida Power & Light as backup and primary power generators worldwide.
After a presentation by the company, about 20 business people from the Immokalee area heard the first engine roar Wednesday.
"It's exciting," said Bernardo Barnhart, president of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce. "By having this, we are hoping to stimulate and have a better local economy."
Barnhart hopes this business boosts the start of other industries opening in Immokalee, not just agriculture.
The 1,500-square-foot testing plant is on the east side of the airport.
The company plans to test an average of two turbine engines a month in a cell facility after the engines are rebuilt at the company headquarters, which are near Fort Lauderdale.
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