Vestas to hire 80 more for Pueblo tower factory
Vestas plans to hire more workers at its Pueblo tower factory.
The tower factory— ramping up to full utilization as orders continue to rebound from a 2012 slump — will hire an additional 80 workers over the next few months, the company said.
Last year, the plant added more than 300 workers as orders recovered and the factory also began accepting contract work from non-Vestas turbine markers.
Vestas executives did not release a current jobs count at the Pueblo plant but have said in the past that they expect employment to eventually top 500.
Vestas also continues to hire for its other Colorado-based U.S. plants as well as for its divisions that perform wind farm service and maintenance.
Job applications for jobs outside of Pueblo are available at Elwood Staffing’s website at elwoodwindjobs.com.
Statewide, Vestas currently employs 1,450 and expects the figure to rise above 2,000 by year-end, Vestas executives said.
“We are going to be extremely busy making blades, nacelles and towers this year through at least 2015,” said Chris Brown, the company’s president of sales and service in the U.S. and Canada.
Based on 2013 orders, Vestas has the potential for an additional 2.6 GW of turbine sales in the U.S. and Canada, the company said. The Colorado plants also supply wind farms in Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay.
“Our world-class Colorado factories help us compete in the U.S. market,” Brown said. “Since we opened our first factory six years ago, it’s allowed us to conduct business in American dollars, build a domestic supply chain and reduce transportation costs.”
In 2011 and 2012, a downturn in the U.S. wind industry proved challenging for Vestas and other renewable energy companies. Today, Vestas is completely debt-free, earned a profit in 2013 and expects strong earnings in 2014, the company said.