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Andrew J. Amigo

Ed Grimes
Sales (WheelTime, Detroit Diesel)

Cool Fact: Ed sold Detroit Diesel engines for forty years and was part of the team that developed the Series 60. He was also one of executives who started Wheel Time.

Jim Bowes
Manufacturing Ops

Cool Fact: Jim is a serial entrepreneur and published author, Secrets of a Midnight Entrepreneur. Jim current side projects include making classic custom knives. Check it out at

Paul Kovalov
Mechanical Engineer

Cool fact: Paul is an entrepreneur who founded both KD&E Solar, a consulting, design and engineering firm that specializes in solar PV Balance of Systems products and KD&E Dynamics which develops high quality, robust products for the firearms industry including a revolutionary line of handgun and rifle silencers.

Erik Valeur 
Electrical Engineer
Cool fact: Eric Over 25 years experience in a variety of industries, creating innovative solutions to interdisciplinary problems and is the sole proprietor of EVC.

Shawne Cook 
Lead Technician

Cool Fact: Shawne owns Forty-One Custom Laboratories, one of the coolest hot rod shops around, check it out at

Our Advisors

Peter Bastien
(Toyota Tsusho)

Steve Braig
( U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Manufacturing Council)

TK Kuegler
(Wasabi Ventures)

Marc Jin
(InnoPad, Ford, Cummins)


Captain Howard Blackburn of Gloucester MA

Our Name

We were inspired by the true story of Captain Howard Blackburn, a halibut fisherman out of Gloucester. His story of perseverance, tenacity and resilience mirror the ambition of Blackburn Energy.

Howard Blackburn lost his mittens overboard in the freezing winter of 1883. Facing frostbite, he curved his hands so that they would freeze in a position to row his boat – determined to return home. It took 5 days of hunger, cold and exhaustion, but his efforts were rewarded. Returning to Gloucester, he healed as best as possible, but the damage done by the elements had cost him his fingers, both thumbs, a toe & his crewmate.

After adventures in bootlegging and gold mining, he was ready for a new challenge: his first successful solo-crossing of the Atlantic Ocean! His second trip set a new record – with a duration of just 39 days. Nature took its toll on the final trip, where the loss of his grip and the climate were too much.

Blackburn returned home to continue work at his tavern. Known for performing fingerless magic tricks, and telling his tales to the patrons of Gloucester, they dubbed him the “Man of Iron”. Captain Blackburn passed away in 1932 at the age of 73. He was laid to rest in Beechgrove Cemetery in Gloucester, following a procession fit for a hero.

Our moniker pays tribute to a man larger than life; who’s thirst for success outweighed his disadvantages, who steadfastly sought his dreams and became a legend in the process.