LM Glasfiber Plans Wind Turbine Blade Plant in Arkansas

LM Glasfiber plans to open a new facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, to manufacture blades for wind turbines. This is the company’s third North American production facility and doubles the capacity of existing factories in North Dakota and Quebec.

“Not only is the site ideally located to serve some of the central US demand for wind development,” said LM Glasfiber CEO Roland M. Sunden, “but Arkansas was able to accommodate our aggressive ramp-up schedule and we have every confidence they will exceed our stated goals. The site itself offers excellent logistical options, whether by road, rail, air or marine.”

This latest capacity expansion at the Little Rock plant, which is scheduled to begin operations in first quarter 2008, reflects the strong market demand coupled with optimism for continued stability in the U.S. market, currently the largest for new wind projects and the second globally in existing wind project installations.

“LM Glasfiber adds another industry-leading company to Arkansas, and specifically to Little Rock,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “Not only does LM Glasfiber offer a global presence, but it will supply skilled and technical jobs to our citizens. LM Glasfiber also elevates Arkansas’s presence among the growing state and national interest in the renewable energy industry. This development is another step forward for our state’s economy in today’s global marketplace.”

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