Robert T. Loyd, P.E.
President and CEO
Robert T. Loyd joined Clipper Windpower in January of 2006 and assumed responsibility for the initial set-up and operation of the 2.5 MW Liberty wind turbine production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
With over 35 years of heavy industry experience directing manufacturing and engineering operations, he served as Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations at companies including Rockwell International, Raytheon, and Terex. Mr. Loyd has lead heavy machining, fabrication, and assembly activities at various facilities located in Iowa, Missouri, and Idaho. Mr. Loyd also owned and operated his own engineering consulting firm providing service to heavy industries in North America in the areas of cycle time reduction, process management, plant layout, and manufacturing leadership mentoring.
Mr. Loyd attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He currently holds Professional Mechanical Engineering licenses in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin and is also a Certified Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality. He serves as an industrial advisory board member to the University of Iowa Mechanical and Industrial Engineering departments, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural Engineering and Bioscience, Iowa Lakes Community College, and the Iowa Quality Center. Mr. Loyd also served on the Iowa Governor's Climate Change Advisory Council and the Energy Sector Infrastructure Committee.
Manufacuring ERP Manager
Robert R. Skeers joined Clipper Windpower in February of 2006 and assumed responsibility for the implementation of all production planning and inventory control systems and processes. This included transition from Excel spreadsheets to MAS500, and from MAS500 to SAP fully integrated ERP systems.
Mr. Skeers’ 25 years of heavy industry experience includes machining, fabrication, discrete and repetitive assembly, with companies such as John Deere, Raytheon, and Terex. Mr. Skeers has held leadership positions in such functional areas as master planning, forecast and budgeting, inventory control, capacity management, and shop floor execution.
Mr. Skeers received his BA from the University of Northern Iowa, and his MS from Troy University. He has been certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and has taught classes on occasion.
Director, Sales and Supply Chain
Jason DeGroot joined Clipper in October 2007 as Supply Chain Manager, tasked with supporting the procurement and sourcing needs of the Cedar Rapids manufacturing operation. In July 2010, Jason was promoted to Supply Chain Director, Investments & Services. In February 2013, he assumed the role of Director, Sales and Supply Chain, with responsibility for all sales and supply chain functions.
Prior to joining Clipper, Jason had 10 years of procurement experience working in the mining, agriculture, and appliance industries. At Terex, Jason had sourcing and fulfillment responsibilities, as well as supporting Terex’s corporate wide initiative to drive down costs by leveraging corporate spend. As Materials Manager for Highway Equipment Co, he improved availability by implementing key consignment inventory programs for high dollar commodities. He established SOP's for procurement and led initiatives such as vendor consolidation and cost reduction tracking. At Maytag, Jason was a Steel Commodity Sourcing Leader. He led several lean manufacturing events, and implemented a $20M Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program.
Jason earned an associate of liberal arts degree from Kirkwood Community College in 1998. He graduated from Windsor University in 2003 with a degree in business administration.
Jason is married with three children. In his free time, he enjoys watching his kids participate in sports, coaching baseball, exercising, and anything automotive.
Matt Shaffer joined Clipper Windpower in January 2007 as the Plant Controller for the Cedar Rapids operations and has since transitioned to the Corporate Controller role for the company. Matt came to Clipper from PMX Industries in Cedar Rapids where he was the Accounting Manager for that large non-ferrous metal foundry and rolling mill operation.
Matt received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Matt has previously attained both CPA and CMA certificates. Matt’s favorite activities outside of work are spending time with family, running and enjoying time outdoors.
Jodi Zahner joined Clipper in August 2005 as the first employee at the Cedar Rapids location. Jodi oversees the office management, human resources and community outreach initiatives at Clipper. With almost 20 years of corporate management skills, Jodi was the perfect fit for the facility’s initial support structure.
Jodi takes pride in the fact that Clipper gives back to the community with programs like, “Toys for Tots,” and “High School Career Days.” Jodi said, “There are a lot of close nit communities in Iowa that go out of their way to help others. Clipper has many of the same values, so I wanted to be a part of that.”
Her motto: “Live life to the fullest.”
She attended Kirkwood Community College and the University of Northern Iowa. In her free time Jodi enjoys spending time at the Ozarks with her family, reading and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes!
Mission, Vision, & Values
Energy drives our world and our economy. Wind energy - clean, renewable and cost competitive - is a practical solution. We believe sustaining cost effective wind energy production is our collective challenge.
At Clipper, we strive to support our customers and their existing Liberty 2.5MW wind turbine fleets by providing OEM knowledgeable gearbox and component part refurbishment services, as well as, maintaining a full line of wind turbine service parts. We recognize that providing reliable service incorporates the skills of a seasoned workforce, while utilizing established processes, quality standards, specialized tooling and proven test procedures.
When our services are required, our customers' success depends on us being responsive, imaginative and technically precise. We pride ourselves on the talent and knowledge developed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 2006 in support of Liberty turbine operations throughout North America.
Clipper specializes in new and used gearbox assembly and repair. We provide new gearbox builds, assembled in-house by our experienced manufacturing team. We repair gearboxes to a good as new standard, costing less than a replacement unit and reducing turnaround time. Gearbox repairs provide a cost effective way of bringing your fleet availability back to 100%.
Clipper also specializes in wind turbine hub assembly. The hub is one of the vital components to the operation of the turbine, making it one of our top manufacturing priorities at Clipper. The advanced design of the Clipper turbine fleet requires experienced personnel to replace, repair and maintain such vital components.
Matrix assembly and repair is another specialty of Clipper. The matrix is the primary component of the Generator Control Unit (GCU). The GCU accepts DC power from up-tower, converts the power to AC and stabilizes the power current for distribution to the grid, providing control of the generator(s) and gearbox to achieve these conditions.
Clipper provides specialized kits comprised of various parts and hardware to make complete components for turbine builds. All kits are carefully constructed for easy assembly. Clipper’s hardware kitting service takes the guess work out of turbine component assembly, making it easier for the customer to repair and replace parts as needed.
With pitch motors from Clipper, energy providers can ensure that their turbine installations are more efficient and dependable. Clipper inspects, repairs, and tests all motors before delivering quality product to the end customer.
When our services are required, our customer’s success depends on us being responsive, imaginative and technically precise. We pride ourselves on the talent and knowledge developed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 2006 in support of Liberty turbine operations throughout North America.
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Clipper's manufacturing facility is equipped to handle mechanical, hydraulic and electro-mechanical assembly. Other areas of expertise include electrical sub-assembly and testing for high and low voltage, high current, and AC/DC systems. We also offer vibratory gear polishing, surface preparation, and application of weather resistant coats on large industrial components
We pledge comprehensive and reliable service, in order to satisfy our customers’ needs for spare parts. Clipper has maintained excellent relationships with suppliers, offering a variety of spare parts that fulfill our customers’ needs. Original Clipper spare parts are readily available, offering the highest level of personalized customer service.
Having a problem with reliable repair or sourcing of your wind turbine component parts? Clipper is sized to respond promptly to your specific individual needs. Our skilled staff also provides immediate and direct assistance as part of our excellent customer support. Give our experts at Clipper a call today. It would be our pleasure to discuss your future needs
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