Aberdeen plant slated for closure to remain open long into 2018

(KSFY) - Molded Fiber Glass Companies has announced a new order for wind turbines that will allow the plant to stay open long into 2018.

The Aberdeen manufacturing plant was set to close in February due to lack of orders. Thursday's announcement will allow the plant to continue operating until the third quarter of 2018, company officials say.

MFG spokesperson Camille Cox said Sen. John Thune was "instrumental" in the effort to preserve the Production Tax Credit in the newly-passed tax reform bill. Cox said that had a "positive impact" on this new order.

The plant, which began operations in 2007, employs more than 400 people.

“We are delighted and grateful for this unexpected order and what it means for our teammates and the community of Aberdeen”, said MFG’s senior vice president David Giovannini, in a press release.

Cox said MFG is "optimistic" that the continuation of operations into 2018 may provide more opportunities to keep wind energy business and jobs in South Dakota.

The plant in Aberdeen closed for the seasonal holiday break on December 22, 2017 and resumes operation on January 2, 2018.