We are a supplier of value-added products and services to the North American wind energy sector as well as other energy-related industries. We provide our customers, such as leading wind turbine manufacturers and developers, wind farm operators and service companies, with a broad range of component and service offerings. Since 2006, we have made significant investments in the growth of our business through a series of acquisitions. In doing so, we have developed a broad, U.S.-based supply chain for wind development in North America. Our five businesses are currently organized in two operating segments: Products and Services.
The Products segment includes three subsidiaries that manufacture and sell products such as high precision gears for wind turbines, custom-engineered gearing systems for the mining, energy, and industrial sectors, structural wind towers, internal tower components, and large fabricated and machined components (e.g., crane parts and dipper buckets). Specific services provided include key technology areas such as grinding and finishing of gears and gear sets, steel plate processing, heavy welding and custom corrosion protection of components. Our primary focus is on the wind energy industry; however, our Products segment also services mining, construction, oil and gas, and other industrial energy applications.
The Products segment has undergone a significant expansion in the last two years and reflects the operations of Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc. ("Brad Foote") Tower Tech Systems Inc. ("Tower Tech"), and R.B.A., Inc. ("RBA"). As of December 31, 2008, the segment had approximately 800 employees, and operated in Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Taking into account our acquisition of RBA on October 1, 2007 and Brad Foote on October 19, 2007, our Products segment had revenues of $29,804,000 and $177,114,000, in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
A summary of the three subsidiaries that comprise our Products segment follows:
Brad Foote, founded in 1924 and acquired by us in October 2007, is the largest precision gear manufacturer for the wind energy industry in North America. Brad Foote produces precision and custom-engineered gearing systems for wind power generation, oil production, steel, and transportation industries. Brad Foote has two facilities in Cicero, Illinois and one in Neville Island, Pennsylvania which represent the largest gear grinding and carburizing capacity in North America. As of December 31, 2008, Brad Foote had approximately 435 employees and total manufacturing space of approximately 569,000 square feet.
Tower Tech, founded in 2003 and acquired by us in February 2006, manufactures utility-scale wind towers for wind energy development. Today, Tower Tech is a leading manufacturer of wind towers and specializes in delivering the larger and heavier next generation of wind towers to our customers. Since 2004, Tower Tech has manufactured more than 250 towers for its customers. Tower Tech has strategically located facilities in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Abilene, Texas and a partially constructed third wind tower manufacturing facility in Brandon, South Dakota. Tower Tech's facilities have a combined annual production capacity which supports up to 1,500MW of wind energy production on an annual basis. As of December 31, 2008, Tower Tech had approximately 293 employees and total manufacturing space of approximately 346,000 square feet in its Manitowoc and Abilene facilities.
RBA, founded in 1985 and acquired by us in October 2007, specializes in heavy steel fabrication and performs specialty welding services. RBA refurbishes, assembles and welds heavy equipment for the crane manufacturing, construction, marine, and mining and metals industries. RBA's specialized welding expertise supports and will assist Tower Tech in developing Tower Tech's technical expertise in providing future generations of customized wind towers. RBA has facilities in Manitowoc, and Clintonville, Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2008, RBA had approximately 70 employees and total manufacturing space of approximately 100,000 square feet.
The Services segment was established upon our acquisition of Energy Maintenance Service, LLC ("EMS") in January 2008 and expanded with our acquisition of Badger Transport, Inc. ("Badger") in June 2008. This segment specializes in construction, operations and maintenance, of and component repair services for the wind industry as well as specialized heavy haul trucking services to installation sites. Services provided include construction and technical support in the erection of wind turbine generators, scheduled and un-scheduled maintenance, fiberglass inspections, general repair and training, and the transportation of oversize/overweight equipment and machinery.
As of December 31, 2008, the segment had approximately 300 employees. Currently, the Services segment has service hub locations in South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin and satellite field service centers in California and Illinois. In fiscal year 2008, and taking into account the acquisition of EMS on January 16, 2008 and Badger on June 4, 2008, the Services segment had revenues of $41,502,000.
A summary of each of the two subsidiaries that comprise our Services segment follows:
EMS, founded in 1998 and acquired by us in January 2008, provides construction, operations and maintenance, and component repair services for the wind industry. EMS specializes in wind turbine repair offerings, including major component refurbishing, wind turbine maintenance, construction support and engineering and advisory services. The company's customers include turbine and component manufacturers, wind farm owners and developers. EMS' main office is in Gary, South Dakota and it has major repair hubs in Howard, South Dakota and Abilene, Texas as well as satellite field service centers in California and Illinois. As of December 31, 2008, EMS had approximately 260 employees.
Badger, founded in 1982 and acquired by us in June 2008, is a provider of transportation services of oversize/overweight equipment and machinery, primarily to the wind industry. The company specializes in the transport of tower sections, blades, nacelles and other oversized equipment for large industrial applications. Badger has been in business for over 25 years, with 15 years in specialized heavy haul and more than 11 years serving the wind industry. Badger operates from its headquarters in Clintonville, Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2008, Badger had approximately 50 employees and operated or leased a total of 64 trailers.