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Ryan Johnson, Forum Communications Co., Published January 12 2011

LM Wind Power to lay off 150 workers at Grand Forks facility

GRAND FORKS - LM Wind Power will lay off about 150 workers at its Grand Forks manufacturing facility, the company announced today.

According to a news release, the company is responding to the “dramatic reduction” in wind turbine installations in the U.S. in 2010 and “prolonged uncertainty” around government support for the renewable energy sector.

But LM Wind Power said it’s “confident” about the overall outlook for wind energy and continues work on developing new blades that will improve energy production for the wind turbines.

Randy Fox, vice president of LM Wind Power in North America, said in a written statement that the company remains “strongly committed” to its North American operations, including the Grand Forks plant.

“The toughest thing is the immediate impact on some of our employees, who have been instrumental in driving our strong performance throughout last year,” he wrote.

Dan Gordon, senior manager of human resources for the Grand Forks facility, told the Grand Forks Herald that, for now, the plant isn’t discussing more details of the layoffs other than what was announced in the news release.

“The other matter is that we are spending the next several days reaching out to each of the people impacted individually,” he said.