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Wind Wire: Blades firm lays off 200 staff

US: Arizona-based TPI Composites is temporarily laying off more than 200 employees at its factory in Newton, Iowa, where it has made blades for GE turbines since 2008.

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The company, which expects to begin rehiring at the Newton plant before the end of the year, is currently planning a second US factory to produce blades for an unnamed turbine manufacturer - with Sioux City, Iowa, among the likely locations. TPI operates a blade factory in China for GE turbines, along with a facility in Mexico that has produced blades for Mitsubishi machines since 2002.

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