Thirteen months ago, Patrick Case was laid off from his job as a used car lot manager in Florida.
“The housing boom was going south, which affected the car business, which cost me my job,” he said. “Ultimately, I had to sell my house and the whole nine yards.”
He returned to his North Dakota roots, specifically to Northwood where his father lived. Family was one reason for relocating. Job security was another.
North Dakota’s wind industry could be producing enough energy to power about 250,000 homes by the end of 2009. The total wind energy output could be 865 megawatts, more than double the 385 megawatts in use in July 2008.
An executive of windmill blade maker LM Glasfiber says “tremendous things” are expected from the company’s Grand Forks plant and no layoffs are planned there, despite cuts in Arkansas. LM Glasfiber announced Tuesday that the company will cut 150 employees in Arkansas and halt production at one of its two plants in Little Rock.
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