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US uncertainty forces LM North Dakota layoffs

UNITED STATES: LM Wind Power is set to make 150 layoffs at its Grand Forks, North Dakota blade manufacturing plant, blaming uncertainty in the US market for the decision.

An LM spokesman said the redundancies were the result poor US customer demand for 2010.

LM also said doubts about government backing for wind had prompted the decision. It said that although a one-year extension of the renewable energy cash grant program had been made in December, it was too late to affect developer plans for 2010.

The company was unable to discuss where the job cuts would be made within the facility.

LM’s restructure of its US blade business comes as it expands its US servicing division with the acquisition of Texas services provider Encore Power Services.

LM Wind Power Service & Logistics president, Roman Thomassin said: "This acquisition is a significant part of our worldwide expansion, marking a milestone for our company and creating a value-added service for our customers in North America." 

In August, LM opened two US service centres, in Iowa and Texas.

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