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South Dakota Wind Turbine Plant Announces Lay Offs

South Dakota Wind Turbine Plant Announces Lay Offs

A South Dakota wind turbine company located in the town of Howard, has announced plans to lay off one third of the company.

Knight & Carver Wind Group Inc., which builds blades for medium sized wind turbines, is laying off 16 of the plant’s 55 workers this week, and the firm might temporarily close the plant in about a month, said Gary Kanaby, the company’s vice president.

“We are committed to this community and we’re not picking up our bags and leaving,” he said. “It just looks like we’re probably are going to close it for a little while.”

However, if things don’t improve for the flailing company, more lay offs could occur down the road. Kanaby admitted that the Howard closure could last between two and six months.

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