ND wind manufacturer lays off workers
LM Wind Power announced this week that more than 300 people would be laid off at their Grand Forks location. The Denmark-based company has had a facility in Grand Forks since 1998 where it makes wind turbine blades. The company said a contributing factor to the layoffs was the uncertainty of continuation of the federal production tax credit. Layoffs include 200 full-time workers, 130 temporary workers and contractors and 15 administrative staff. See the article in the Bismarck Tribune.
In August, North Dakota’s other wind manufacturer, DMI Industries, announced that their plant was for sale, and that it would close in late fall due to lack of orders. It was sold earlier this month to a Texas-based company for $20 million. See the blog post on DMI Industries announcement and sale.