MFG announces closure of Aberdeen manufacturing plant

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 7:40 AM CST
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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."

SDDP Statement on MFG Plant Closure

SIOUX FALLS - The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today's announcement from Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) that they would close their plant in Aberdeen in response to "proposed revisions in tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States:" 


"Today's news is the latest evidence that the tax policies of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress - supported by Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune - will cost South Dakotans jobs. The 409 MFG employees who will lose their jobs are just the latest victims of a Republican tax agenda that is great for the wealthy and large corporations, but will harm everybody else. Unlike Republicans, Democrats are fighting for a pro-growth tax structure that promotes manufacturing jobs, including in the wind energy industry and other renewable energy industries. We believe our economy should work for everyone, not just the privileged few."