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Published September 27, 2012, 09:36 AM

Grand Forks wind turbine blade maker laying off 300 workers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks maker of wind turbine blades plans to lay off more than 300 workers.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks maker of wind turbine blades plans to lay off more than 300 workers.

The reductions amount to more than half of the work force at the LM Wind Power plant. The company is based in Denmark.

A company statement says the layoffs are happening because demand for wind power development is down. Congress also may not renew a federal tax break that benefits the wind industry.

LM Power says it will lay off 200 full-time production workers in Grand Forks, 130 temporary workers and contractors, and about 15 administrative staff people. They'll stay on the job until the end of November.

The Grand Forks Herald reports the company had 900 employees in Grand Forks five years ago.

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