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Grand Forks Herald, Published December 15 2009

Glasfiber work force reduced in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Wind turbine maker LM Glasfiber has cut its work force in Grand Forks through attrition.

Plant manager Bill Burga says the plant's work force has decreased over the past year from 900 to 750.

Burga also told Grand Forks City Council members Monday night that demand for wind turbine blades is up and the company expects a rebound, but cutting costs is still important in the tough economy.

The company leases from the city its main plant and more than half of a neighboring building. Urban Development Director Greg Hoover says LM Glasfiber is negotiating a reduction in the lease of the neighboring building.

Denmark-based LM has 10 plants worldwide, including U.S. plants in Grand Forks and Little Rock, Ark.