LM plans 500 more US blade jobs

Danish turbine blade specialist LM Wind Power said it plans to add 500 more jobs in the US next year to meet burgeoning demand.

LM said 2013 has already seen it double its US workforce to more than 700 by August.

It expects that figure to rise to about 1,200 in 2014, with the extra staff working in its North Dakota and Arkansas plants.

Like other suppliers to the American wind sector, the company has seen a surge in demand following extension of the PTC federal incentive.

The expansion will make the US plants among the company’s biggest globally.

“We are pleased to see that the market is improving again following a period of low activity due to uncertainty around the PTC,” said LM Wind Power’s head of US operations, Bill Burga Jr.

“With the political framework in place, our customers are winning more business again and we are ready to serve their demand for highly efficient quality blades for the US market, adding hundreds of extra jobs.”