2:32pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Business

Vestas Says Hundreds Will Be Hired At Brighton, Windsor Plants

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems says it will begin hiring hundreds of new employees at three of its four Colorado factories.

Vestas spokesperson Susan Innis says the hires are a result of an increase in orders as the wind-power industry begins to pick up nationwide.

“We are ramping up production at our Colorado factories,” Innis said. “Already this year in 2013 we’ve added about 300 workers at our tower factory in Pueblo, and we’ve announced that we’re now recruiting to fill production worker positions at our blade factories in Brighton and Windsor and also our nacelle factory in Brighton.”

Innis says all hires should be in place by early 2014.

The hires will help fill U.S. orders, however Vestas has also recently seen an increase in international orders for its wind turbines and nacelle products.

The company’s hiring swing comes after Vestas laid off hundreds in 2012 as orders dried up due to uncertainty surrounding a Wind Tax Credit extension. That extension was ultimately approved late last year.

Vestas had cut hours at its plants last year and also discussed selling off its only tower factory in Pueblo earlier this year, however both the hourly reductions and plant sale are no longer being pursued.