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DMI wind tower sections begin trip

Six wind tower sections left DMI Industries, located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, on Tuesday en route to a wind farm site in northern Texas. ...Less than a year ago, DMI Industries, an Otter Tail company, bought a plant built for Griffin Wheel -- a railcar manufacturer that never moved in -- to extend its geographic reach and meet the growing demand for wind towers in the southwestern states.

Six wind tower sections left DMI Industries, located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, on Tuesday en route to a wind farm site in northern Texas.

It was a milestone for the 175 employees, as it was the first time since the facility began production that they saw the enormous, 50-ton sections hitting the roadways.

"It is an extraordinary sight to see a caravan hauling these 80-foot tower sections," said Stefan Nilsson, president of DMI Industries.

The new sections marked a significant accomplishment for the DMI team that led the company's expansion efforts in the state. It successfully concluded a stringent certification process for the project site customer and opened the door for a continued relationship.

"This is also an important achievement for our wind energy partners who rely on our delivery commitment, as well as the communities of Tulsa and Catoosa who are experiencing the benefits of their generous efforts to support DMI in the region," Nilsson said.

The DMI expansion into Oklahoma proved challenging at times.

"It has been an extensive facility transformation and a demanding project," said Kevin Ishmael, general manager of the facility. "We have assembled a tremendous work force, bringing... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Six wind tower sections left DMI Industries, located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, on Tuesday en route to a wind farm site in northern Texas.

It was a milestone for the 175 employees, as it was the first time since the facility began production that they saw the enormous, 50-ton sections hitting the roadways.

"It is an extraordinary sight to see a caravan hauling these 80-foot tower sections," said Stefan Nilsson, president of DMI Industries.

The new sections marked a significant accomplishment for the DMI team that led the company's expansion efforts in the state. It successfully concluded a stringent certification process for the project site customer and opened the door for a continued relationship.

"This is also an important achievement for our wind energy partners who rely on our delivery commitment, as well as the communities of Tulsa and Catoosa who are experiencing the benefits of their generous efforts to support DMI in the region," Nilsson said.

The DMI expansion into Oklahoma proved challenging at times.

"It has been an extensive facility transformation and a demanding project," said Kevin Ishmael, general manager of the facility. "We have assembled a tremendous work force, bringing in folks from a number of different manufacturing capacities and training them to meet the tight demands of ours. We couldn't be more proud of them and their accomplishments to date."

Less than a year ago, DMI Industries, an Otter Tail company, bought a plant built for Griffin Wheel -- a railcar manufacturer that never moved in -- to extend its geographic reach and meet the growing demand for wind towers in the southwestern states.

DMI, a West Fargo, N.D.-based company, closed on its purchase of the plant and the surrounding 300 acres last August. The company is spending an estimated $35 million in renovations and start-up costs.


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MAY 25 2008
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