LM Glasfiber AS (Lunderskov, Denmark), a specialist in the manufacturing of wind turbine rotor blades from glass/epoxy composites, officially inaugurated its new North American headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. on Oct. 28. The blade production facility at this location has the capacity to handle the largest blades made by LM, which measure 61.5m/200 ft in length. The blade production facility is the thirteenth LM Glasfiber factory and its fourth built in North America. Other North American locations include Grand Forks, N.D. and Gaspé, Québec, Canada.
LM Glasfiber will roughly double its North American manufacturing capacity when the Little Rock plant is up and running. Over the next five years, the company plans to employ more than 1,000 people at the new facility. To date, more than 630 jobs already have been created.
“The grand opening of our fourth facility in North America takes place at a time when there is a bipartisan agreement that wind is a cost-efficient, reliable and clean source of energy,” said LM Glasfiber CEO Roland Sundén at the Little Rock grand opening. “Expectations are that the global capacity of installed wind power will double in less than 10 years. America needs to utilize the energy that is at its fingertips to become less dependent on foreign oil. The wind industry offers an opportunity to diversify the energy portfolio by capitalizing on this free, clean and infinite resource while showing respect for the environment.” Sundén says North America is and will remain the most important market for wind energy in the years to come, and his company is showing strong faith in the market by investing in this new plant and headquarters. Arkansas governor Mike Beebe welcomed LM Glasfiber to the state.