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Suzlon laying off 110 workers

PIPESTONE -- Pipestone's Suzlon plant will be idled next month and 110 employees put out of work, according to a Star Tribune report posted on the newspaper's website late Monday.

The layoffs, which take effect Dec. 29, were announced Monday -- the same day Suzlon, the world's No. 3 wind energy company, reported a 70 percent drop in U.S. wind turbine installations for the first half of the year, the Star Tribune reported. It follows other industry reports of a deep downturn in the U.S. wind market.

India-based Suzlon had invested $8.5 million four years ago to open its first U.S. blade-making factory in Pipestone. The company utilized government offers of free land and JOBZ tax breaks, the Star Tribune noted.

Factory employment, once at 500 workers, had declined to 143 before Monday's announcement.

State officials said a worker dislocation team from the state agency was headed to Pipestone to tell workers about unemployment compensation benefits, job-search assistance and training programs, the report added.

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