Vestas lays off 300 employees in Colorado

The wind turbine manufacturer shuts down blade production plant in the US.

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Vestas reorganizes in the state of Colorado and at the same time dismisses 300 employees, according to a statement by the company issued Wednesday.

The company writes in the statement that it's preparing for lower demand in the short term and therefore adjusting its production capacity in the US.

A total 450 employees are affected by the reorganization, with 150 offered new positions at Vestas.

Factory Brighton Blades will stop producing blades and instead become the new North America headquarters for the company's Global Tooling business in a merging of six smaller locations in Colorado. The transition cuts 280 positions.

Blade production will be concentrated at factory Windsor Blades, Vestas writes.

"The wind energy industry in USA has grown tremendously in recent years, which has increased our factories’ capacity and expanded our service business. With a larger fleet under service and lower demand in the near-term, we are therefore consolidating our setup in Colorado," says Chief Operating Officer Tommy Rahbek Nielsen.

He also highlights that the move is about creating an organization in North America prepared to react once demand for wind turbines surges again.

The job cuts will also impact tower factory Pueblo Towers as well as Brighton Nacelles, with 170 employees affected by the change.

Vestas also notes in the statement that it wants to move employees to the parts of business that have the most activity.

That especially applies to the service business, which handles such things as maintaining the wind farms in the region.

English Edit: Jonas Sahl Jørgensen

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