Sold wind-energy business will now make propane tanks

January 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Mark Reilly
Managing Editor- Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

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DMI Industries, a maker of wind turbines that was sold last fall, will switch to making containers for propane and other materials under its new owner.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports that Dallas-based Trinity Industries told city leaders this week of its plans for the West Fargo, N.D., plant, which employed more than 200 people before Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Corp. sold the factory to Trinity for $20 million in September.

Otter Tail said that the lack of a production-energy tax-credit renewal from Congress prompted the sale (Congress eventually included the tax credit as part of the fiscal cliff deal).

About 40 workers are at the plant now; Trinity told officials that will increase to more than 75 in the coming months.

Mark Reilly manages daily and weekly coverage at the Business Journal newsroom.

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