COLORADO SPRINGS — Vestas announced Wednesday it would be consolidating operations across Colorado and cutting jobs due to changing market demand.
In the announcement, the company stated a total of 450 positions across the state are being cut with 120 of those in Pueblo, accounting for 15% of the workforce.
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 to ensure we can cater for our service business’ needs, and are structured in the right way to ramp up efficiently once wind turbine demand requires us to.
The majority of the consolidation will take place in Brighton with 280 positions being cut where blade production is being shut down.
The Pueblo facility is known for building "more towers than any other facility in the world," according to the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade's website. Vestas opened its manufacturing base in Colorado just 11 years ago.
Vestas said about 150 of the people impacted statewide will be offered new roles in the company. According to its website, Vestas designs and manufactures wind turbines worldwide.