Wind Tower Manufacturer Layoffs

COLUMBUS (AP) - Wind tower maker Katana Summit says it will close its plants in Nebraska and Washington and layoff nearly 300 people. The company reports its plants in Columbus, Neb., and Ephrata, Wash., will close around Nov. 1 unless a buyer can be found for the plants. The Nebraska facility employs 214, and 79 people work at the Washington plant. Katana Summit plans to complete its existing orders for towers that can be up to 330-feet-tall before closing the plants. CEO Kevin Strudthoff says uncertainty about the future of tax credits for wind power is forcing the closures.

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