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Lack of contracts forces Nova Scotia wind farm parts plant to layoff 32 workers


A shortage of contracts has resulted in the layoff of 32 workers at a Trenton, N.S., wind farm parts manufacturer.

DSTN spokesman Brad Murray says the employees were given notices last week.

Murray says DSTN will undergo some in-house maintenance in the near future and company officials hope many of the employees will be able to work on the projects.

DSTN recently announced it has entered a training and production partnership with Seaforth Energy Inc., a wind turbine manufacturer in Dartmouth. As part of the agreement, Seaforth Energy will train DSTN staff to manufacture wind tower blades.

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Murray says the company hopes the first blades will roll off the assembly line by the end of March.

DSTN has also approached some of its employees about training at a company plant in Korea for a month.

He says the initiative will give them a work and cultural experience that will improve operations at the local plant.