ABERDEEN, S.D. - A major manufacturing plant in Aberdeen is closing its doors.
Molded Fiber Glass Companies will close its wind blade manufacturing plant in early 2018, according to a press release issued by the company Wednesday morning.
According to the release, the plant employs 409 people in its 325,000 square foot facility.
The company cited changes in market conditions and proposed revisions to tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States.
MFG broke ground on its Aberdeen plant in 2007. It will fulfill blade orders through January 2018. The company anticipates closure of the plant by February 15 of 2018.
The following is the full press release from MFG:
"ABERDEEN, SD — December 6, 2017 — Molded Fiber Glass companies (MFG) announced today the closure of MFG South Dakota, the company’s wind blade manufacturing plant located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The plant broke ground in 2007 and has been dedicated to the production of wind turbine blades for a leading OEM in the wind energy business.
The closure comes as a result of changes in market conditions and proposed revisions to tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States.
The company will remain open to fulfill existing wind blade orders through January 2018, with anticipated closure by February 15, 2018.
Teammates at the plant have been informed of the closure and will be privately informed of their individual separation date. The company is working in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to assist teammates with unemployment benefits and to help with job search and placement. At the time of announcement the company employed 409 teammates at the 325,000-sf facility.
MFG has been active in the wind energy industry since 1980. In addition to blades the company manufactures wind turbine nacelles, spinners and spare parts at facilities in Texas, Alabama and California. It also provides both field and factory services for wind blades. These businesses will not be negatively impacted by the South Dakota facility closure."