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Longshoremen help load a wind turbine blade aboard the BBC Amazon docked at Lake Superior Warehousing. The ship was bound for Chile. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Company says Brazil hires were unrelated to North Dakota layoffs

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A company that ships wind turbine blades through the Twin Ports announced last week that it would create 300 jobs at a new factory in Brazil, just a week after announcing it would cut more than 300 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, N.D.

LM Wind Power said there was no connection between the two events but was instead a reaction to strong growth in wind power development in South America while the industry was losing momentum in the United States.

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