Katana Summit LLC: A Joint Venture

1600 East 29th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601
402.564-4899 fax


1990 Fairchild Ave
Ephrata, WA 98823
509.754.5602 fax



In 2001, T Bailey, Inc. (www.tbailey.com) a Pacific Northwest heavy civil/industrial general contractor with extensive experience in heavy steel plate fabrication entered the wind turbine tower market at its headquarter location in Anacortes, Washington.


In 2007, as Katana Industries continued to gain market share in the industry, the company was approached by several potential partners interested in expanding the company and its manufacturing facilities. This led to the launch of Katana Summit LLC, a joint venture between Katana Industries, Sumitomo Corporation of America and SC Steel Investment, LLC.

In 2007 ground was broken on a new manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters in Columbus, NE. This state of the art facility began production in June of 2008 with a capacity of 200 towers per year. Demand for wind turbine towers continues to increase dramatically, and Katana Summit has begun plans to double the Columbus capacity by early 2009.

Katana Summit has 150 employees in each of its plants with an additional 25 corporate staff operating from Nebraska.


At Katana Summit our goal is to add long term and positive value to our customers, employees, stakeholders and communities. As a leading supplier of wind towers in North America, our mission is to sustain our position with our customers as the premier supplier and a partner of choice.

With the recent push toward renewable energy resources, Katana Summit is proud to be a leader in modern energy. Our facilities, located in Nebraska and Washington are centrally located in the "wind belt" allowing us to better supply our customers with cost effective, quality wind towers.




Are you looking for a challenging yet rewarding career? Katana Summit may have the position you've been searching for.

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced professional, we are continually seeking individuals with the "what ever it takes to get it done" attitude, and who take pride in getting the job done right.

Katana Summit offers competitive salaries, career growth potential, 401(k) Savings/Profit Sharing Plan, Medical Benefits, paid vacation and sick leave. Benefit package availability varies depending on position.







Online auction for Katana Summit tower manufacturing facility

9 April 2013 by Katie Daubney ,

UNITED STATES: Despite promising signs in the US market for tower manufacturers, Katana Summit is set to sell its factory in Ephrata, Washington, via an online auction next week.

Industrial auctioneer Hilco will dispose of the assets on 18 April via a live webcast auction in Ephrata. Katana Summit put itself up for sale in September last year, blaming federal uncertainty over whether the production tax credit (PTC) was going to expire for falling orders.

In November, agriculture specialist Valmont Industries bought Katana plant in Columbus, Nebraska, and is repurposing it to manufacture steel transmission cables for the utility industry.

The sale comes as there is a potential upturn for tower suppliers in the US after issues with oversupply and cheap imports from Asia.

There has been an upturn in the fortunes of tower manufacturers since the PTC was extended. The US also imposed sanctions on Chinese and Vietnamese imports.

This year, Broadwind has won just under $60 million in orders. And in January, Vestas signed a deal with an unnamed contractor to supply towers in North America from its factory at Pueblo, Colorado.

There is the distinct possibility of a strong rush to secure wind towers," said analyst Dan Shreve, Make Consulting's US-based partner.




Valmont buys Katana Summit Plant

Lincoln Journal Star  Nov 20, 2012

Valmont Industries Inc., the manufacturer of engineered products for infrastructure and irrigation, announced it has acquired manufacturing assets of Katana Summit LLC.

The 300,000-square-foot plant is on 75 acres in Columbus.

Valmont said it intends to use the plant to manufacture steel transmission structures for the utilities. The specific terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"The addition … will immediately provide needed incremental manufacturing capacity to serve our utility customers. I expect when modifications are complete in 2014, the plant will have approximately $100 million in additional annual capacity," Earl Foust, group president of Valmont's Utility Support Structures division, said in a press release.

Katana Summit said in September it intended to shut down the wind-tower plant if it couldn't be sold.



No Wind Tax Credit Could Mean Fewer PNW Jobs

by Courtney Flatt Northwest Public Radio | Oct. 9, 2012

OAKESDALE, Wash. – Those giant wind turbines that line ridges across the Northwest have brought green energy and construction jobs to many rural areas. But some of those jobs could disappear next year. That’s if Congress does not extend a production tax credit that expires in December.

Wind developers say the money is critical to the burgeoning industry. But critics say taxpayers should not subsidize wind energy.

Wind farm construction is ramping up across the country, as companies race to erect turbines before Dec. 31. That’s when the production tax credit, also known as the PTC, is set to expire.

So, here’s how it works: Right now wind producers receive a tax 2.2 cent credit for each kilowatt-hour of electricity they create. Many wind industry analysts say the production tax credit is keeping developers afloat. It’s also putting people to work building and installing wind turbines.


But 2013 could be a different story. Keeping wind manufacturing in the states may be more difficult next year. One wind tower manufacturing company in the Pacific Northwest is Katana Summit. It employs 79 workers in Ephrata, Wash., and more than 200 in Nebraska.

CEO Kevin Strudthoff said the plant has received zero orders for 2013. That’s forcing Katana Summit to look for a buyer –- or close its doors Nov. 1. Strudthoff is frustrated.

“The industry has been through this before, where we face the expiration of the PTC, and the industry just falls off a cliff. And for whatever reason, our folks in Washington don’t seem to get what that means to jobs out in the field,” Strudthoff said.

Katana Summit is not the only manufacturer to have to lay off workers this year. Most recently, Siemens Wind Power, a major manufacturing company, announced more than 900 layoffs in Kansas, Iowa and Florida.

More workers in the Pacific Northwest could also face layoffs. Danish wind company Vestas will layoff more than 3,700 employees worldwide. It’s North American sales and service headquarters is based in Portland.



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