Trinity closes DMI North Dakota tower plant

UNITED STATES: As pro-wind President Obama has secured a second term, another US wind manufacturing plant is to shut.

Trinity Industries has closed a former DMI tower plant in North Dakota, at least temporarily, according to a local report yesterday.

Prairie Business magazine quoted Mark Vaux, West Fargo’s economic development director, as also saying the future of the local plant was unknown.

Trinity is "holding their plans for this facility very close to [their chest]," Vaux told the magazine. The plant once employed 216.

Its closing was unexpected — nor had Trinity’s name surfaced when DMI’s owner, Otter Tail Corp, announced negotiations for the sale.

DMI’s plants — in West Fargo, Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Fort Erie in Ontario &mdash were part of the $20 million deal, which was completed on 31 October. DMI employed a total of about 500.

A spokeswoman at Trinity, which makes various industrial products including wind turbine towers, could not be reached for comment.  

The closing comes amid thousands of US job losses. In September, LM Wind Power announced 345 job cuts in Grand Forks, 80 miles north of West Fargo.