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DMI Industries hiring nearly 100 more workers

Business
Oct 24, 2008

DMI Industries has hired nearly 100 new employees as it ramps up production at its Stevensville plant.

The company, which produces windmill towers, has been lifted by the demand for wind power across Canada and the U.S.

"The Canadian wind energy industry is in early development stages, and we're a key player in moving it forward," said Tony Claroni, general manager.

"There is a lot of potential here and we're growing to keep up with the needs of our customers." DMI acquired the Fort Erie facility in October 2005 and began manufacturing towers there in May 2006. The company says that with facilities in Fort Erie, North Dakota and Oklahoma, it has one of the largest tower manufacturing capabilities in North America.

The local growth follows expansion at the other plants.

"We've had a busy year," noted company spokesman Belinda Forknell.

The increased capacity in the weld shop has prompted a need for more skilled workers throughout facility departments, said Claroni, resulting in the recent hiring of nearly 100 employees.

The plant, which began operations with a staff of about 30, now employs more than 200 people.

He added that the facility's location provides an added competitive advantage by allowing DMI to ship product by rail, truck and water to customers throughout the United States and Canada.