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December 07, 2017 06:07 PM

Aberdeen Mayor On MFG Closure

A business that puts hundreds of South Dakotans to work will be closing its doors next year. 

This week, Molded Fiber Glass Companies announced its Aberdeen location would be shutting down. 

The plant manufactures wind turbine blades.

On Wednesday, the company said it employs more than 400 people at the 325,000 square foot facility. 

The plant is expected to close in mid-February. 

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen calls people who work at the plant 'friends and neighbors.' 

Levsen says there are two main priorities right now. 

One of the priorities is helping the workers find new employment. Of course, the hope is that the workers will be able to stay and fill other jobs in the Aberdeen area, but he also says he does predict some people will move away. 

MFG is working with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to assist these workers with finding jobs. In fact, they'll be holding what's called 'Rapid Response' meetings next week.

The mayor says the other priority is finding a tenant for the MFG facility. He says the Aberdeen Development Corporation will be in charge of that. 

Additionally, there will be a job fair in Aberdeen in March of 2018.

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