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Grand Forks wind turbine blade maker adding jobs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Wind turbine blade maker LM Wind Power, one of the area’s largest manufacturers, will have almost 600 employees in Grand Forks at the end of 2013, the company announced Monday.

The company, based in Denmark, went from having 350 employees in the United States in April to 700 in August, according to a company press release. In 2014, it plans on growing to 1,200 workers.

The Grand Forks facility will be home to 570 employees by the end of 2013, according to the company. A plant in Little Rock, Ark., will have 400.

The company cited the extension of the federal wind production tax credit on Jan. 1 as the driver of demand.

Monday’s announcement comes after the company announced in September 2012 that it was laying off 345 employees, bringing its workforce down to 270, due in part to the production tax credit’s uncertain future.

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