FloDesign Gets $3M, Plans to Expand
Wilbraham, MA’s FloDesign Wind Turbine will get $3 million in funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, as it plans to expand its operation in the state with the addition of a new corporate headquarters and product development center in Waltham, the state announced today. FloDesign, which is developing wind turbines with technology reminiscent of jet engines, will keep its Wilbraham location as an aerodynamics research center. The new funding will come in the form of a $600,000 convertible grant that could give the Clean Energy Center an equity stake in the company, $1.7 million from the center’s Renewable Energy Trust, and a $700,000 five-year forgivable loan, which requires FloDesign to add 150 jobs in the state over three years and maintain them for another two years. Wade caught up with FloDesign’s new CEO in January, days after the company announced it had raised $35 million in Series B funding.