LM Glasfiber expands

LM Glasfiber, the world's leading independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, recently announced plans to further expand its operations in China.

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In March 2009, the company announced the construction of its third Chinese facility in Qin Huang Dao in the province of Heibei. This facility had a planned capacity of three production lines, but because of strong customer growth and a positive outlook for the Chinese wind market, LM Glasfiber will add three more production lines, doubling the production capacity and bringing the total number of employees to about 640.

The first blade workshop will produce its first blades in November, and the extension is expected to be commissioned in third quarter of 2010.

Border States distributes for 3M

Border States Electric, Fargo, is an authorized distributor for 3M's newly formed renewable energy division.

This gives Border States access to products and solutions that can enhance wind turbine reliability and efficiency such as films, tapes, coatings and adhesives. BSE also can offer a broad range of solutions and technical expertise for solar energy, geothermal and biofuels projects.

Border States Electric is the 10th-largest electrical distributor in the United States and one of the 100 largest employee-owned companies, with about 1,250 workers.