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October 2006

 

DMI opens Ontario’s first fully dedicated wind tower facility

The first fully dedicated wind tower manufacturing plant in Ontario is now operational and filling orders. DMI Industries, an operating company of Otter Tail Corporation officially opened its newly refurbished facility in Fort Erie, Ontario.

DMI is a West Fargo, North Dakota-based diversified heavy steel manufacturer with a primary focus in wind tower fabrication.

According to DMI president Lars Moller, the Ontario facility not only positions DMI to better support wind energy development in Canada and the northern tier of the United States, but also will result in additional jobs at its West Fargo plant.

DMI acquired the Fort Erie plant in October 2005 and immediately began renovating and modernizing it for heavy steel wind tower fabrication. The company hired a local workforce and trained the Canadian employees in its West Fargo facility.

Tower manufacturing began in Fort Erie in May 2006. The plant has an annual capacity of 400-500 wind tower sections with potential to double that. The facility positions DMI closer to its customers, helping to lower the costs of delivery to site and reduce the overall expense of wind energy development.

The Fort Erie plant employs 110 people. DMI expects to hire 10-15 additional employees for the facility by the end of 2006, and there is potential for up to 100 more by the end of 2007.


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