The economies of Grand Forks, N.D., and Little Rock, Ark. are being swept up in a green bonanza.
LM Wind Power, a global manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, says it doubled its U.S. workforce to 700 in August -- up from 350 in April. And it says the boom will continue: It expects to employ some 1,200 people in the U.S. next year -- most of them based at its factories in North Dakota and Arkansas.
“We are pleased to see that the market is improving again following a period of low activity due to uncertainty around the PTC,” said LM Wind Power’s Head of US Operations, Bill Burga Jr. “With the political framework in place, our customers are winning more business again and we are ready to serve their demand for highly efficient quality blades for the US market, adding hundreds of extra jobs. Now it is crucial that the politicians remain committed to securing a stable economic framework to enable continued industry growth and increased US employment.”