Posted: Aug 13, 2012 1:21 PM by David Ortiviz
Updated: Aug 13, 2012 2:10 PM
Vestas is making some layoffs at its Pueblo wind tower factory. Several employees told News 5 they were called in and notified if they would keep or lose their job.
The Pueblo Vestas plant manufacturers the masts which hold up it's massive wind generators. It employees about 450 at an industrial park on the south side of Pueblo.
Vestas hasn't released details on how many employees were laid off, but issued the following written statement.
As a result of strong sales in 2010 and 2011, Vestas has been extremely busy this year manufacturing, constructing and installing new wind farms in the U.S. and Canada. At the end of 2012, we will have completed as many as 20 new wind power plants and commissioned 2 GW of new power - enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 500,000 American homes.
Uncertainty over whether Congress will extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) is leading to a general market slowdown for wind power manufacturers and developers throughout the U.S. Vestas has noted that many wind power jobs are at risk if Congress does not extend the PTC - not only at Vestas, but also within the hundreds of domestic supply chain manufacturers that serve the wind industry in North America.
In response to this market slowdown and in accordance with its business needs, Vestas Towers America in Pueblo, Colo., today adjusted its manufacturing workforce. This workforce reduction in the tower factory represents approximately 3 percent of Vestas' total workforce in the U.S. and Canada. Vestas remains committed to manufacturing wind turbine components in its Colorado factories to meet the needs of its U.S. customers, and Vestas will continue to export turbine components from its U.S. factories to its customers in Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America.Yours sincerely,
Global MarCom & Customer Insight, North America