Vestas lays off 30% of workforce at Colorado plant
Vestas blade parts at a plant in Windsor. Colorado manufacturing plants operated by Vestas are seeing layoffs as demand contracts for wind turbines.
Vestas Wind Systems last week laid off about 30 percent of its workers at its wind turbine blade factory in Windsor, Colo., according to sources — the latest in a series of reductions at Vestas plants in Colorado.
Before the layoff, Vestas officials had said about 700 people worked there; 30 percent of 700 is 210.
The blades plant was the Danish company’s first manufacturing plant in the United States; it opened in Colorado in 2008. Vestas' North American headquarters are in Portland.
In an emailed statement, Vestas officials did not specify how many workers were let go at the Windsor factory, but said that the Danish company’s manufacturing workforce at four plants in Colorado has decreased from more than 1,700 to about 1,200 people this year, through attrition, relocations and reductions.
Vestas also runs a towers plant in Pueblo and two plants, making wind turbine blades and nacelles, in Brighton.
Earlier in the week, Vestas laid off about 80 workers at its blade factory in Brighton. Before that, Vestas cut an estimated 30 people at its nacelles plant in Brighton on Aug. 20. And on Aug. 13, Vestas cut nearly 100 people from its plant in Pueblo.
"Vestas made a big investment in Colorado to establish a regional manufacturing presence that created many American jobs during an economic recession," the company's statement said. "Vestas’ four Colorado factories will continue to manufacture wind turbine components for the U.S. market, as well as export to Canada and Latin America."
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