Jan. 15, 2007

Jaunich receives promotion in Ohio

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Former Delano resident John Jaunich was recently named manager of the Wind Energy Division of 3-D Service of Massillon, Ohio.

The company provides service for all brands of wind turbine equipment, and is an ABB-authorized service provider.

Jaunich was born and raised in Delano, and previously owned JTC Trucking, Buffalo Dry Cleaners Delivery Service, and Jaunich Equipment Leasing, all located in Delano.

He served as Delano’s junior high basketball coach for 13 years, and as mayor of Delano, was instrumental in building the new baseball grandstand, new city utility facility, new medical clinic, new fire station, new city hall and creation of Delano Crossings.

Jaunich was also instrumental in bringing the production of the movie “A Simple Plan,” to Delano, and even had a small part in the film.

The wind energy division Jaunich will be leading provides up-tower and in-shop wind power service, including comprehensive inspections; filter and lubricant replacement; bearing and slip ring replacement; coupling and gearbox service; balancing and alignment; predictive maintenance, and equipment repair and remanufacturing.

Trained as a software application engineer, Jaunich has more than 30 years experience in information systems development, project management, finance, operations, and most recently in wind energy development with Northern Alternative Energy.

As president and CEO of Northern Alternative Energy for the past six years, Jaunich planned and directed all aspects of the organization’s operational policies, objectives, and initiatives related to wind development, including site selection, land leases, royalty terms with land owners, interconnection to transmission, project management and community acceptance.

Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) moved from Wayzata to Delano in 2005. NAE is the largest Minnesota-headquartered wind farm developer, building the first commercial wind farms in Wyoming, Iowa and Illinois.

Jaunich said he was originally an investor in the company, and that revenues doubled in the first two years of his being CEO.

Jaunich also served as director of business development for Navitas Energy, a sister company for Northern, which was purchased in 2002 by Gamesa Eolica of Spain.

He also led the operations and maintenance commissioning team for the first commercial wind farm in Illinois – Gamesa Mendota Hills.

“His knowledge of and experience in all aspects of the wind energy industry will be an asset to 3-D Service,” said Bernie Dewees of 3-D.

Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, 3-D Service specializes in the sale, repair and service of commercial and industrial equipment used in the electric utility, wind power, automotive, pulp and paper, manufacturing, chemical, wastewater treatment, transportation, plastics, metal producing, and metal forming industries.

Additionally, 3-D Service provides Total Motor Management (TMM) services to help customers reduce the risk of equipment breakdowns while lowering repair and maintenance costs. On-site preventive and predictive maintenance and 24/7 emergency breakdown services are also available.

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