Aberdeen Fiber Glass Plant Avoids Closure Again
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Hundreds of people were wondering if they would have a job this fall. An Aberdeen manufacturing plant was facing an uncertain future, but everything changed with a single phone call.
Wind turbine blades currently fill the lots of the Molded Fiber Glass Companies plant in Aberdeen, but in less than a month the lot could have been empty.
“It was tough. Everyday going in knowing that you have one day less, and it becomes difficult as time shrinks,” says David Giovannini.
David Giovannini is the Senior Vice President of MFG. The plant was expected to close in February after a lack of orders, and then an order kept them open through the summer. Now another order was made this one a multi-year deal.
“Our teammates performed very well. They kept the morale high,” says Giovannini.
MFG won’t disclose many details of the new order, but it’s set to keep the plant open for the next 2 and a half years.
“Of course we won’t stop there. We will continue to get additional business for the years beyond 2020,” says MFG CEO Richard Morrison.
MFG has nearly 400 employees at the Aberdeen plant. The wind turbine blades are manufactured and shipped throughout the United States. Each set of 3 takes about a week to make and can range from 80 feet to 220 feet.
Customers’ blade size varies. It depends on the amount of energy they wish to consume and the amount of land that is being used.
“There are a lot of variables that go into the decision into the type of turbine that will go in a particular site,” says Giovannini.
This assignment could strengthen the town and company.
“We’ll be adding another 60 to 80 teammates. That means growth for our operation, but also in the community as well,” says Giovannini.
Through the whirl wind MFG is honored to see another day. The plant has been open in Aberdeen for about a decade.