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Grand Forks wind turbine plant to make larger blades

GRAND FORKS - LM Wind Power is remodeling its Grand Forks plant to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades. The project will allow for easier movement of the fiberglass blades between the company's plant and the building next d...

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GRAND FORKS – LM Wind Power is remodeling its Grand Forks plant to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades.

The project will allow for easier movement of the fiberglass blades between the company’s plant and the building next door, where crews put on the finishing touches. LM Wind Power has commitments from customers for blades as long as 184 feet, 26 feet longer than the longest currently made there.

The project comes as advances in wind energy technology are resulting in longer blades, which can generate more electricity even in lower wind speeds, said Dan Gordon, senior manager of human resources for LM.

“It’s kind of exciting for us because we’re setting up our production capacity for the future where it’s inevitable that blades will still get bigger,” Gordon said.

LM Wind Power, with headquarters in Denmark, employs about 600 people at its Grand Forks location, Gordon said.

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The company hopes to complete the project early next year. While it won’t necessarily mean additional jobs, the remodel will help LM meet its customers’ orders.

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