Vestas reduces its Workforce at its Blades Factories in Colorado, USA

10 per cent of Vestas’ manufacturing employees at its two blade factories in Colorado are laid off in order to adjust capacity to market demand. Meanwhile, Vestas plans to add around 100 new jobs at its tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado.

Vestas today has reduced its manufacturing workforce at its blade factories in Windsor and Brighton, Colorado. The workforce reduction represents about 10 per cent of Vestas’ 1,100 manufacturing employees in the state. Vestas regrets to have to lay off highly skilled employees, yet the dismissals are necessary in order to adjust manufacturing capacity to the expected market demand for wind turbines in 2013.

Today’s announcement does not impact employees at the Vestas nacelle factory in Brighton, Colorado, or the tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado. On 16 January, Vestas announced an agreement to supply towers for third parties for wind power projects in North America. As a result of the increased activity, Vestas plans to add more than 100 jobs at the tower factory in Pueblo by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

The fact that Vestas will both lay off and hire employees in 2013 is an example of the company’s flexible business strategy. Implemented in 2012, the strategy makes it possible for Vestas to quickly scale up or down depending on business needs and market demands.

Renewed PTC does not change market projections
The recent extension of the American support scheme for renewable electricity, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) does not affect Vestas’ market projections for 2013: Vestas still expects to deliver between 4 to 5 GW worldwide this year and to employ no more than 16,000 people globally by the end of 2013. Due to the time it takes from when an order is placed to when the project begins, Vestas knew the late timing of the PTC-extension would result in a significant reduction in 2013 installations relative to previous years. However, the U.S. market will nonetheless be stronger as a result of the renewed PTC.

With more than 30 years of presence in the US market, Vestas remains committed to manufacture wind turbines in the USA. In the past five years, Vestas has made large investments in Colorado to establish a regional manufacturing presence that has created many American jobs. Vestas’ four Colorado factories will continue to manufacture wind turbine components for the US market, as well as export to Canada and Latin America.

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ around 49,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.

Today, Vestas has delivered wind energy in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 18,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 65 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 55 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
We invite you to learn more about Vestas by visiting our website at www.vestas.com

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