An item in the March 13 Wind Energy SmartBrief misstated the status of a Vestas facility in Pueblo, Colo. The company has not identified whether the facility will be made available for sale under its recovery plan. SmartBrief regrets the error.
Vestas Wind Systems is looking to hire at least 100 more workers for its wind-tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo, Colo., citing an uptick in demand. If domestic demand fully recovers, Vestas could add more jobs by the end of 2013, according to Steve Nawrocki, president of the Pueblo City Council. The company planned to hold a job fair today at a community college in Pueblo.
Vestas Wind Systems intends offer some of its factories around the world up for sale. However, the Denmark-based wind company said its Pueblo, Colo., tower factory will not be available for sale, as it is ramping up operations to meet demand. The company said that it does not plan to identify facilities up for sale until negotiations are completed.
Vestas Wind Systems plans to hire 100 new workers at its tower facility in Pueblo, Colo., before the end of the first quarter, the company said. The news comes after the company announced layoffs of 10% of its 1,100-person workforce in the state. Vestas said its move to add and eliminate jobs is in line with its strategy to increase or decrease its workforce to respond to market demands. The company said it plans to provide 4 to 5 gigawatts of wind generation capacity worldwide and employ 16,000 around the world by the end of the year.
Vestas Wind Systems will reduce the working hours at its wind blade factories in Brighton and Windsor, Colo., to 32 hours and its wind-tower plant in Pueblo, Colo., to 24 hours effective Jan. 14. "The work-share plan gives Vestas manufacturing flexibility to help retain our valuable and experienced employees. And it saves costs in recruiting and training new staff (should) market demand for wind turbines increase in 2013," said Andrew Longeteig, spokesman for Vestas North America.
Vestas Wind Systems laid off 75 workers at its wind-blade manufacturing plant in Brighton, Colo., on Tuesday. The company had already cut 30 workers at the plant and 90 more at its wind-tower factory in Pueblo, Colo. The inaction in Congress over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit "has led to a significant reduction in turbine orders for 2013, and the market slowdown is affecting Vestas' manufacturing facilities in Colorado," said company spokesman Andrew Longeteig.