Vestas pulls plug on Massachusetts R&D facility

Vestas ditched plans for a Massachusetts R&D facility due to global restructuring.

Vestas ditched plans for a Massachusetts R&D facility due to global restructuring.

Vestas has scrapped plans to build a testing and verification facility in Massachusetts that would have employed 100 people.

The move is part of a global restructuring announced by the Danish wind energy equipment company in January. The research and development work that was planned for the facility will be done instead in Denmark.

Andrew Longteig, spokesman for Vestas, said the decision has no impact on the company's Portland headquarters.

Vestas will retain its current Massachusetts staff of 40 employees, consolidating them in a single office in Marlborough, Mass. Vestas acquired eight and a half acres of land next to that office on which to build the research and development facility.

The company still owns the land but Longteig said there are no plans to revisit plans for the R and D facility.

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