The wind energy industry is seeking tax incentives and grants to help it navigate the recession. Some of the recent layoffs in turbine manufacturing include:
– Clipper Windpower, a Carpinteria, Calif.-based turbine maker, said in January it was laying off 90 of the company’s 830 workers, mainly at a plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Iowa facility employed nearly 390 workers.
– LM Glasfiber, a Danish manufacturer of turbine blades, said in January it was laying off 150 workers and halting production at one of two plants in Little Rock, Ark.
– DMI Industries, a North Dakota-based manufacturer of wind turbine towers, announced in January that it was cutting its work force by 20 percent. About 60 jobs were lost in West Fargo, N.D., and 90 jobs more in Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Erie, Ontario.
– Aerisyn LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based manufacturer of towers for wind turbines, said in November it would lay off 54 workers at its Chattanooga plant.
– Trinity Structural Towers, a Fort Worth, Texas-based subsidiary of Trinity Industries, announced in November that it would lay off 131 workers in Tulsa, Okla.