Vestas’ US factories ramp up
Rebound in domestic market boosts turbine manufacturer’s order book
Vestas has squarely turned the corner in the United States where it is ramping up production and hiring 1500 workers at four Colorado factories this year. In late 2012 and early 2013 the Danish manufacturer slashed jobs when turbine orders stalled.
The company delivered a modest 102MW in the US in 2013, but received firm and unconditional orders of around 1.4GW. This year Vestas has already announced US orders of about 1.3GW, including 740MW in the last month.
”The recent number of large orders in the US indicates that demand for Vestas products is robust,” said Vestas senior director marketing and communications for North America Adam Serchuk.
“Our Colorado factories are very busy, and we continue hiring experienced manufacturing workers.”
To meet the current demand through 2015 and 2016 the company has already hired 700 factory employees this year and seeks another 800 manufacturing and logistics workers.
The manufacturer is holding job fairs this week to fill vacancies at the Windsor blade plant, Brighton blade and nacelle factories and Pueblo tower facility. Components are shipped to wind projects in the US, Canada and Latin America.
Vestas employs about 2,500 throughout the US and Canada at service and construction sites, sales offices and its four Colorado factories.
Image: Four Colorado factories seek to hire 800 manufacturing workers (Vestas)