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Forum staff reports, Published January 14 2013

Former DMI plant in West Fargo reopens as container manufacturer

WEST FARGO – The company that took over DMI Industries – a wind turbine plant located here – has reopened the plant to manufacture containers for energy-related products.

Dallas-based Trinity Industries told city leaders the West Fargo plant will now produce containers that can hold 100,000 gallons of products such as water, propane or anhydrous.

The West Fargo plant has been open for the past six weeks with about 40 employees on the job. The first product was shipped from the plant last week.

The company plans to grow to more than 75 employees in the coming months, said Mark Vaux, West Fargo economic development director in a statement.

DMI had about 500 employees in total before the sale, and 216 of those jobs were in West Fargo.

“This plant will be under Trinity Containers, LLC which is the legacy business of Trinity,” Vaux said.

Otter Tail Corp., sold DMI to Trinity in October in a $20 million deal that included plants in West Fargo, Tulsa, Okla., and Ontario, Canada.

Numerous messages for Trinity leadership have not been returned.

Of the three DMI facilities purchased by Trinity, the West Fargo plant is the first to be fully operational, city officials said in the news release.